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Jakarta Post

Bambang Kaswanti Purwo: Disentangling the Indonesian language curriculum

  • Setiono Sugiharto


Jakarta   /   Thu, November 11 2010   /  10:46 am

Setiono Sugiharto When the 1984 curriculum for both junior and senior high schools was implemented nationwide, confusion abounded among Indonesian teachers.

They were in the dark about how the subject should be taught in light of a completely novel theory on
the study of language through context (technically known as pragmatics) that was mandated in the curriculum.This uncertainty about how to apply the curriculum in the classroom lingered until the government’s endorsement of a new curriculum in 1994. This revision shares the same underlying philosophy with its predecessor, but bears a different name — communicative competence curriculum.It was Bambang Kaswanti who painstakingly tried to enlighten school teachers and would-be teachers about teaching Indonesian in a pragmatic way through his publication Titian Kemahiran Bahasa: Sekolah Lanjutan Pertama (A Pathway to L...