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Graduate improves English literacy in Indonesia

By Louise Errington

Frans Seda Scholarship recipient Desak Widyaningsih Frans Seda Scholarship recipient Desak Widyaningsih

A former Charles Darwin University postgraduate student and scholarship recipient is passing on her passion for the English language to youngsters, teenagers and adults in Bali.

After completing an English language course at CDU through a Frans Seda English Language Scholarship funded by the Northern Territory Government, Desak Widyaningsih went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning at the university.

She has recently taken up employment with an English language training facility, Indonesia Australia Language Foundation, in her home city of Denpasar, Bali, where she teaches English to people of various nationalities.

Ms Widyaningsih said English had been her favourite subject since she was a child, and was grateful she could indulge her passion through her work.

“It is wonderful to see my students improve day by day,” Ms Widyaningsih said. “I enjoy the atmosphere of the classroom; the motivation, dedication and effort my students put into their work has a very positive affect on me.”

Ms Widyaningsih said she completed a Bachelor of Education in Bali and applied to study at CDU to continue to improve her teaching and English language skills.

“The graduate diploma offered by CDU was perfect for me because I was able to immerse myself in the Australian culture and English language while studying towards my postgraduate teaching qualification,” Ms Widyaningsih said.

“It is also a very practical course and has given me a lot of opportunities to become involved in the Australian teaching practicum.”

The Frans Seda Scholarship honours the former Northern Territory Representative in Indonesia, Mr Frans Seda AM, and provides tuition fees for English language training at Navitas English, a CDU training partner.