Unveiling the Characteristics of Tutors Who Use English in the Classroom: A Study at the School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung

By Andika Putra Pratama and Aries Feizal Firman.

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The School of Business and Management (SBM) is the first school at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) that attempted to implement English as the medium of teaching and learning. However, some teachers choose to stick to using Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language) despite the encouragement and publication on the brochure that the courses are in English. Another previous study recommends the recruitment process to be more selective, including the issue on how teachers shall practice English in the classroom, the willingness and ability to use English in the classroom. The expectation of students towards English-mediated class facilitated by teachers who are fluent in English and good at delivering the materials urges the need to more deeply explore and unveil the specific characteristics of tutors, teaching faculty supporting lecturers, who use English in the classroom. We argue that tutors are leaders in the classroom. Following up the previous study, this paper includes qualitative reports from both students and tutors. Interview and focus group become the major means of collecting data. It is expected that the findings could provide some insights to tutors and other stakeholders about points of departure to become more effective in teaching in English.

Keywords: Characteristics, English Use, Medium of Instruction, Teachers, Qualitative Methodology

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp.129-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 657.881KB).

Andika Putra Pratama

Part-Time Tutor, People and Knowledge Management, School of Business and Management, 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.”

Aries Feizal Firman

Full-time Tutor, School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung, 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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