The arrival of digital technologies in Indonesia’s education sector has given students tremendous help in learning the English language. Programmes, student services and many other aspects of the learning experience for students have been greatly enhanced due to these innovations. Take E-learning for example, which has become a buzz in the industry, and for good reason. Although it has its limitations, online learning provides millions of Indonesian students with the opportunity to learn regardless of geography and allow those who need flexibility and a student-centered learning environment. This will help those who live in remote areas and underdeveloped parts of Indonesia where access to English learning centers is lacking such as Jambi, Papua, or Kalimantan and increase their chance of pursuing further education at the best institutions abroad in the United States or Europe. Many in these rural or district areas where there is a shortage of English teachers put themselves at a disadvantage when they establish their own study circles without any formal support.
E-learning also allows for students to complete courses at their own pace. Most universities in the country now have online programs available, allowing those with full-time jobs access to accredited academic programs and learn the English language from qualified teachers. These programs teach students to become more fluent in English by combining all the benefits of complete immersion and native-level conversations with subtitles and assigning them to various assignments such as writing a book report and essays. In addition, there are plenty of educational websites and online learning platforms that exist to support students. English learners can use Quizlet as a memorization tool to strengthen their vocabulary and grammar topics like gender or verb conugation. The website is based on the flash card method, giving users sets of digital cards that they can create and organize. Students also have access to a huge archive of sets under different topics. When it comes to mobile apps, more than 350 are listed on the Apple App Store alone. One of the most popular free language-learning apps is DuoLingo, which uses text, pictures, and audio to help students learn and practice a language. The sections increase in difficulty and helps users build on their vocabulary and sentence structure. Memrise is another app which functions similarly, while apps like Busuu teaches users with interactive courses coupled with a social network of native speakers.
With the vastness of the language learning industry, these language-learning startups and technology will continue to adapt and thrive. Language schools in Indonesia can apply these online, digital and mobile technologies in ways that will be most helpful and beneficial to students. By supporting more independent and personalised learning for students, technology holds great promise in increasing the English proficiency and literacy in Indonesia—a valuable asset that will help more Indonesian students internationalize themselves and participate in global opportunities.
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