The Use of English at the School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung: Investigating Issues Based on Students’ Experience
School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung (SBM-ITB), is one of business/management schools in Indonesia that has been attempting to implement English as the medium of instruction in the classroom. However, the current realities over this are making this institution face difficulties in its attempts towards its full implementation. How to properly implement English has been a major issue now. This paper reports on a qualitative study undertaken, aiming at investigating issues of the use of English at SBM-ITB, based on students’ experience. It performs observation, in-depth interview and focus group as well as documents collection in order to generate data. There are four major points obtained from this study; they are 1) (students’) expectations, 2) prior reading, speaking and listening, 3) functionality, and 4) writing. It also reveals the importance of student-centered instruction and a philosophy in teaching and learning in a second language called ‘Content and Language Integrated Learning’. Finally, it attempts to give recommendations to SBM-ITB and to the field in general.
||English Implementation, Qualitative Methodology, Medium of Instruction, SBM-ITB, Students’ Experience
International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.1-14.
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Tutor/Teaching Assistant, People and Knowledge Management, School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
Andika Putra Pratama earned a Master’s Degree in Science in Management at the School of Business & Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung (SBM-ITB) in April 2009 with profound interests in education, cross-cultural management, and qualitative research inquiry. He is one of the two winners of Merit-based partial scholarships offered to enroll at the master’s program. He has been actively involved in three summer schools abroad, the first two (in 2006 and 2007) were in Utrecht, the Netherlands and the last one was in Helsinki, titled, “Developing Intercultural Competence”. His first international article, titled “My Intercultural Glasses: Intercultural Communication from An Indonesian’s Perspective”, appeared in early 2009 on Dr. Anuradha Malshe’s book emphasizing on communication. In addition, he has held a tutoring position in several undergraduate courses at SBM-ITB, such as “Introduction to Management Science and Business”, “International Business and Trade” and “Strategic and Change Management.”
Senior Faculty, Operations and Performance Management, School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
Dr. Aries F. Firman is a senior faculty at the School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung. His main research interest and expertise is qualitative research methodology. He earned an MBA Degree from the University of Lutton. He completed his DBA degree at Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology. He teaches various courses at masters-level programs and doctoral programs at the School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung.
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