How are you, my friends in Indonesia? Why are you quiet? Didn’t someone answer it?
Alright, it seems like greeting Indonesian in this millennial era, is a little bit miserable. Then I try to say hello to foreign languages, how are you today?
Or let it be more interesting,Sawadee Khrab. Eits … who knows what language is that?
If how are you, I am sure you know, that it is English, if Javanese people say, especially in my village, I usually speak with a language of ‘Wengsongseng’. Is that? I also don’t know.
For those who don’t know or already know, please stay quiet first. Just pretend I don’t know, so I can tell. So,Sawadee Khrab is Thai which means ‘hello’, if in Indonesia it’s like saying ‘how are you’. Because I am a man so I say ‘Sawadee Khrab’if a woman is ‘Sawadee Kha’.
For those who often watch dramas or movies, they Thai certainly know. Oh, ya… , if there is language writing, please understand. 🙂
Just go ahead, why did I tell you a little about Thai? Because I have studied there for about a month. So know a little though. The saying says if you don’t know it doesn’t love, then I will introduce myself.
My name is Mochamad Rifa’i, my friends often greet Arif, Fai, or Rifa’i. And more familiar is often known as Arif James, it’s a nickname of one of my time friends. I am native of Tuban, East Java.
At present, in 2019 I am in the sixth semester, the Department of Physical Education, the Health and Recreation Physical Education Study Program, the Faculty of Sports and Health at the Ganesha University of Education. That’s a glimpse of me.
A little story, why I can go to Thailand. It’s free, bro…. The story is this, this is a Foreign Practice Teaching program held by the Undiksha Institute for Learning and Quality Assurance or in Bahasa Indonesia (LPPPM). This program was attended by students in the fifth and seventh semester of Undiksha. Which in this program targets are in Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. How, cool isn’t it? Yes, it must be cool.
Back to the subject, I followed a series of events ranging from the initial test to the end. Until finally I passed the selection and was placed at the Prince of Songkla University, precisely in the city of Suratthani,Thailand.
More or less for a month, but not only me alone. There are some friends who are like brothers, including; Mochamad Abdul Aziz, Muhammad Iqba, and I Gusti Lanang Agung Angan Byasama, they are the fifth semester of the Counseling Guidance Study Program.
Then there was Gede Pasek, for Pasek’s brother I forgot his full name, then there was Gita Adetian, they were from the English Language Study Program in the seventh semester, and finally there was Kadek Angga Heriawan from the seventh semester of Fine Arts study program.
The word that came out of my mouth when I first set foot in the school where I was Teaching Practice was ‘cool’. Is there no other word besides cool? I don’t know, I just like it because it’s really cool. The name of the school where we are is Wittayanusorn Surat Thani School.
Usually in Indonesia for elementary school, middle, and high school/ vocational equivalent are separate. But in Thailand it’s a bit different. It’s just that the elementary school level is the same as in Indonesia, which is studying for six years, so first to sixth grade.
Then, this is what distinguishes it, in Indonesia for junior high schools that have graduated then continue to high school / vocational school, but if in Thailand after graduating from elementary school they immediately go to secondary school level for six years.
This means that this, for junior and senior high school there is one level. So the class division starts from level one to level six. Not separated like in Indonesia own junior high school and high school / vocational school itself.
Even for the same uniform that is with a white top, the black subordinates are used every day. If for example they only have one uniform, it won’t be found out. Hahahaha. Especially for classes that get sport education subjects, during the day they wear sports suits.
The process of teaching and learning activities in the sport education subject class that made me surprised when I saw the activities of students in the class. In an air-conditioned room and do not have a window but still very pleasing to the eye. Many wall hangings from students. Even cooler are mini pillows, blankets, dolls in the room. Amazing, when I first witnessed a unique scene.
Not only that, as long as I have Teaching Practice there, almost most of the students are active. Likewise facilities in the class of LCD projectors, computers,sound in every corner of the room. Also not to miss other infrastructure such as swimming pools, fully equipped sports buildings, soccer fields, compulsory dormitories for first generation students, and much more. Learning is conducted Monday to Friday.
Uniquely, they hold a flag ceremony every day. Teachers do not wear formal but informal uniforms, only certain days they wear formal uniforms.
For four weeks there, the first week was observation and introduction to the school environment. The following week we taught but were still accompanied by tutors. Just stepping on the third and fourth week, we taught properly a real teacher without being accompanied by a tutor teacher.
PSU. Wittayanusorn Surat Thani School has an area of 10,000 m2. However, this school still joins one place with the Science Faculty. Because this school is still in the stage of building a new building not far from the PSU campus area.
This school has a range of students from Matayom 1 to 6 which amounts to a total of 26 classes. So the buildings that are still sharing with the Science Faculty are still lacking.
So, there are several classes occupying U Building. U Building is itself a lecture hall for PSU students.
However, students still learn with fun.
On the occasion of teaching practice, I had the opportunity to practice teaching table tennis. And as long as I practice teaching, I only teach table tennis. Indeed, because in Sports Education at this school for one semester only focus on course subjects. This is specifically for sports learning. Unlike in Indonesia, each meeting is different learning material. For the example the first week students learn volleyball, the next week learn soccer, and so on.
In this school or maybe in all of Thailand, implementing special sports learning in one semester only focuses on one learning course.
It was a very extraordinary experience that I could not get in Indonesia. Especially my friends from Undiksha.
At that time, I had the opportunity to teach independently without being accompanied by teacher mentor, namely in the third week.
This week I taught forehand drive material in the table tennis.
This material applies to all classes of Matayom 2. Namely Matayom 2/1 to Matayom 2/5. Indeed, at that time I practiced teaching with only Matayom 2 students.
Then in the following week the material backhand drive continued.
The obstacle that I encountered during teaching practice was that students were used to doing basic techniques of hitting on table tennis with what they did everyday. So I have to give the right technique that I gained from studying at the Faculty of Sports.
And then, the good thing is that students have a place to develop their talents. Because the school is full day from 08:00 until 16:30 local time. So that during the afternoon it is used for development activities, such as extracurricular activities, but not based on time. In essence, in the afternoon of the afternoon students are given free time to carry out activities that interest them. Ceremony activities carried out every day with teachers wearing informal uniforms
Oh ya.. this is often asked by friends. Not least they ask like this, ‘how come, you can go to Thailand, you can speak English?’ I casually replied, ‘Just be confident’.
Honestly, if I say I’m proficient in English not too. Even if I was asked for apast tense and the annoyance I did not really understand. The key, how come, I can go to Thailand that is desperation and intention. English is mediocre, only I am confident that there is a definite intention that I will be able to. My GPA is also mediocre, because of my desperate capital and intentions, thank God I can go to Thailand and return to Indonesia safely.
I admit, I can only speak basic English. Fortunately, I teach more dominantly into practice, so when I have trouble using good and correct English, I use body language. The most important thing is that the students I teach understand. After all the purpose of being a teacher is not only to explain it, but also to be able to make students understand and understand what is conveyed by a teacher. Is not it?