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Cross-Cultural Learning Program

11 Sep

Exciting News!

I am starting an English extracurricular program with UMS. It will be every week until December (except for UTS) on either Tuesday or Wednesday from 4-5:30. Whether you want to learn about other cultures or practice your English with native speakers, this program will be a good experience.


You can find out more information here: Schedule and Syllabus

If you have any questions, you can send me a Facebook message at Rachel Wisthuff and don’t forget to sign up in the Kantor Bahasa Inggris.


I’m Back

11 Sep


Hey guys! Sorry I have not posted a blog entry in a very long time. Over the school break, I did a little traveling. I went to Sulawesi with my best friend from the U.S. and I went to Malaysia to process my new visa. Although I am not an English teacher with FKIP Bahasa Inggris, I will still be on campus. I would love to still meet and practice English with all of you!

Speaking Final Project

4 Jun

Here are the directions for the Speaking II and IV Final Projects. Please ask me if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to being in the audience!

Speaking II Final Project Directions

Description: Write and create a drama to be performed in class

Due Date: Wednesday July 4

Time Length: 8-10 minutes

Directions: In groups of 4 or 5, you will create a drama/skit for class. You will be randomly assigned your topic. Topics include going to the bank, going to the doctor, going to a restaurant, going on a date, going to the airport, or going to a hotel.


1) Group members must share all the dialogue equally, with about the same number of lines.

2) Groups must have all or almost all their dialogue memorized so that it sounds natural.

3) Groups must use the vocabulary related to their topic.

4) Costumes, props, and scenery are highly encouraged.

5) The drama must meet the time requirement. One letter grade will be deducted for every minute the drama is too short . (Example: If your drama is 7 minutes, the highest grade you can receive is a B. If your drama is 6 minutes, the highest grade you can receive is a C.) This means you must rehearse before class to make sure your drama is long enough.


Content: Vocabulary/Conversations 35%

Fluency: Presentation/Flow of Speech 25%

Grammar/Pronunciation: 25%

Creativity: 15%

Optional Rough Draft: You may email copy of your script to me early so I can make corrections to your grammar and give other feedback. You must email me before Wednesday June 20. If you email me after, I will not be able to look at your script.

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Speaking IV Notes: Master of Ceremonies (MC/Emcee)

25 May

Definition: Host of a staged, important event

Examples: Academic conferences, business/corporate events, concerts, fairs, weddings and birthdays [although not typical in the US]


  • Open the event. Welcome the audience. Get everybody’s attention. Explain what the event is and why people are here
  • Problem solve. If something goes wrong, step in to fix it.
  • Keep event organized. Make sure the event is in order and on time.
  • Be entertaining. Set the tone of the event. Is it a funny/light hearted event? Serious  and somber event?
  • Say thank you. Make sure you thank the participants, organizers, attendees, sponsors, dll.
  • Introductions. You should introduce and highlight the accomplishments of every speaker. Give enough background information for the audience.
    • Pronounce names correctly [“Please welcome Mr. Siaogibniusdgkjb?”]
    • Fact check [“She has written 2….I mean 20….books.]

Tips and Tricks:

  • Keep it short. You are not the star so don’t steal the spotlight.
  • Never read. Always speak out to the audience.
  • Don’t leave the speaker hanging. Always wait until s/he reaches the microphone.
  • Lead the applause. Nobody likes an awkward clap.

Speaking IV Notes: Job Interviews

15 May

Useful Vocabulary:

Experience-pengalaman (working experience or on-the-job experience)
Training– pelatihan (job training)
Educational Background– latar belakang pendidikan
Handle– mengurus; menangani; mengatasi
Responsibilities– tanggung jawab (work/professional responsibilities)
Manage– mengelola
Challenging– menantang
Hire– mempekerjakan Laid off/Fire– diperhentikan (I got laid off/fired from my job)
Salary and Benefits– gaji dan tunjangan
Skills, Talents and Abilities– keterampilan, bakat dan kemampuan

Verb Tenses:

· Present perfect (continuous) to speak about work experience up to the present moment [Up until now, I have been studying at UMS. I have been managing the English club.]

· Present simple to discuss current job responsibilities [At the English club, I organize meetings and plan events.]

· Past simple to discuss past responsibilities [Before, I worked at the campus radio station. I gave a radio show about English.]

· Use of conditional forms to imagine situations at work [If I had a big task for work, I would manage my time by working on the task everyday.]

Courtesy of:

Tips for Success:

  • Always arrive to an interview 10 or 15 minutes early.
  • Dress neatly and conservatively. Look professional.
  • When greeting the interviewer, always smile, shake his/her hand, introduce yourself and make direct eye contact.
  • Always speak positively and politely. Never swear or fidget. Make sure your body language shows confidence.
  • Be honest. It’s okay to reveal your weaknesses as long as you show willingness to learn from them.
  • Organize your thoughts before speaking. It is okay to ask for a moment to think.
  • Always thank the interviewer for their time and usually you should shake hands to end the interview

Extra Credit:

On’s “Practicing Job Interviews,” they have 10 sentence starters for job interview questions and 10 sentence starters for job interview answers. Choose one set (only 1) to write full sentences using those words. For extra credit, grammar, spelling, and punctuation must be 100% correct. Sentences must be different for every person. (No copying your friends’ sentences.)

Use the following cues to write out full questions for a job interview.

  1. How long / work / present?
  2. How many / languages / speak?
  3. Strengths?
  4. Weaknesses?
  5. Past job?
  6. Current responsibilities?
  7. Education?
  8. Specific examples of responsibility at past job?
  9. Which position / want – like to have / new job?
  10. Future goals?



Use the following cues to write out full responses for a job interview.

  1. Current job / school
  2. Last job / school
  3. Languages / skills
  4. How long / work / current job
  5. Three specific examples from past job
  6. Current responsibilities
  7. Strengths / weaknesses (two for each)
  8. Why are you interested in this job?
  9. What are your future goals?
  10. Education


Speaking IV: More Web Resources

2 May

Congratulations on your mid-term exams everyone! I really thought you demonstrated excellent speaking skills and teamwork. Before we move on to the next unit (interviewing), I wanted to share these websites from previous weeks.

Summary of Speechmaking

Effective Openings/Introductions

Narrative Speaking

Persuasive Speaking

More Online Resources

20 Dec

I know that last thing any of you want is more homework but these websites offer really helpful worksheets and quizzes. I would be more than happy to grade, read, or answer any questions that you have. Just remember I am always here to help!


Textbook Websites: Even though you don’t own the textbook, these websites have a lot of great online study materials. I love this website. Any grammar pattern you want to practice is available. Worksheets can be turned into quizzes too.


Personality Quizzes: This is just for fun! I love learning about what color I am or what my fashion sense says about me. Quiz Rocket has some great selections.