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How to choose Our Program?


Based on Participants Background
Our Conversation Class, Integrated Bahasa, and Design-It-Yourself are suitable for everyone. However, some programs are designed for specific customers. Bahasa Indonesia for International Program is dedicated for International Students who are currently living in Yogyakarta and remaining to stay not less than 3 months. Other kinds of customers (e.g. volunteers) are welcomed to join this program as long as they can adjust with the learning atmosphere of International Students. Immersion Program is only available for those who are currently living abroad and intended to take 2-week trip to Yogyakarta to participate on this program. IndoAustay Student-Exchange Program is only available for High-School Students in Australia. To participate in this program, you must contact our partner, Australia-Indonesia Association (Victoria Disctrict).   

Based on Interest
If you are interested in building up verbal communication, either formal or informal, you may consider taking our Conversation Class. On the other hand, if you are passionate about learning Bahasa Indonesia at the whole, covering all the language aspects such as: writing, reading, speaking, and listening, you should take our Integrated Bahasa Indonesia. Those two programs are arranged per level and you must comply our structured schedule and learning hours. 

Based on Time Availability
If you have more spacious time and willing to commit with minimum 1 or 2 weeks for learning Bahasa Indonesia, approximately 3 hours a day, you may take a look at either Conversation Class or Integrated Bahasa Indonesia program. However, if you can only participate in shorter period of time or in contrast, you want to intensify your own time-table, you should consider take Design-It-Yourself program which is rated per hour. 

Or else you can always consult to us for an advice of a program which suits you best. Email our Academic Coordinator at academic@panduindonesia.com for more information.

Intersection 

While our academic team continuously updates our Bahasa Indonesia materials, other personnel take further study about "How Human Learn Best". Our Operational Director is currently taking PhD research majoring in Neuroscience at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia to investigate the methodology used to enhance human learning process into optimum level. Implanting the scientific concept and research finding, and then combining it with joyful learning atmosphere is what Pandu is always keen to do. At the end, learning in Pandu is not only about learning Bahasa Indonesia, but it is about finding the best way for you to learn : learning how to learn.

      
General Question #1: I find it is difficult to memorize things
                                     Is it something to do with my age?


Galang's Answer : It has been widely known that age plays an important role in memorizing. It may be inappropriate to discuss in further about brain plasticity and nerve system in this occasion. However, lets focus on how people maximizet use of their memory ability;  the practical one. When people obtain a stimulus, they can restore the stimulus into long-term memory through two mechanisms: stabilization and feedback. Stabilization consists of two stages. First stage is when the stimulus is strengthened so that it becomes permanently established. This stage usually occurs within an hour from the first contact with the stimulus. The second stage usually occurs when we sleep.


Subsequently to the first stage, the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signals are activated only in the regions of the nerve that correspond to the trained features. However, this stage is very prone to deterioration effect, especially when we obtain similar stimulus to the prior one. In this case, we need a feedback. Feedback is an important reinforcing factor that enables us to respond efficiently to the surrounding. It is also proved by many studies, that feedback showed strong learning trend. Further investigation found out that feedback significantly increases the speed and magnitude of learning effect.

In relevance with learning language, most students are subjected to memorize many vocabularies in a few session. We found it is a suicidal effort. Not only it will result on the state of excessive exhaustion, it would also not do us any good in terms in memorizing. Human cognitive is very limited. There is a study which argued that human perception can process (only) up to 45 kb/second when reading a material. Even our internet downloads information faster than us!

Pandu has been designing a methodology to ease the burden of learning language by selectively choosing vocabularies and making them easily-absorbed by the average human cognitive ability. We also emphasize in giving feedback regularly to students to make sure the memorizing effect stays longer. Learning language can be tricky. People assume it is not as hard as learning, for example maths. Therefore people tends to pick up vocabulary as many as they can. Apparently, it is not a good solution.
 

General Question #2: What is the best way or learning language then?

Galang's Answer : To answer that, let we refer back to the definition of learning. Learning is basically an interaction between us and our surrounding which triggers the learning process itself. It occurs through two stages. The first stage is when we make mental connection between things, while the later stage is when we reinforce the connection -sometimes by challenging it. Interestingly, this mental connection for most of the time happens automatically and beyond our consciousness.

The critical point of learning a foreign language can happen when we make the mental connection between a new thing with our initial knowledge obtained from our experience. Yes indeed, to be able to learn a new stimulus effectively, our cognitive system will consider what we've already had in the past. It resembles the phenomenon called the mere-exposure effect, which people tends to develop a preference since they are familiar with the newly perceived things. In Pandu, we apply various range of activities to enable connection between new learning points and what the students had in the past, for example asking the students to write their own experience using given vocabularies or retell the story. By doing so, students will build-up their own list of most frequently used vocabularies and will reward themselves for being able to recall the new language structure.