English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and Counterpart
Posted by : Wahidati, S.Pd (the English Teacher/Counterpart)
Sumbawa Besar – psbq SMA Negeri 1 Sumbawa Besar
The American Indonesian Exchange Foundation, or AMINEF, was established in Indonesia eighteen years ago. AMINEF offers many programs each year for both Indonesians and Americans. One of the programs for Americans is the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grant. This year is the sixth time for ETAs to come and stay in Indonesia. On August 22 of this year, forty four ETAs arrived in Jakarta. During a one month orientation in the Sheraton Hotel in Bandung, they learned about Indonesian culture and education—especially about the teaching and learning process in the Indonesian classroom. Each ETA is paired with an experienced English teacher, or counterpart, in her respective school placement. During the last four days of orientation and training, forty four counterparts from all over Indonesia came to Bandung to meet the ETAs from America. AMINEF hosted a short training for the counterparts, which highlighted how to foster good collaboration between ETA and counterpart. Before the ETAs came to Indonesia, the AMINEF staff came to observe each placement and make sure the place which ETAs are going to stay is good and comfortable. For example, the school in which the ETA will teach and the boarding house or home in which the ETA will live. At that time, the school teachers were given some important explanations so they understand what they should and should not do with the ETA. On September 14, 2010, I went to Bandung as a counterpart to join the training and pick up my ETA. AMINEF requires that if a school gets a female ETA, then the counterpart must be a woman and if the school gets a male ETA then the counterpart must, of course, be a man. There are four ETAs placed in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB): one ETA in SMAN 1 Mataram, one ETA in SMAN 5 Mataram, one ETA in SMAN 2 Sumbawa Besar and, finally, one ETA in SMAN 1 Sumbawa Besar. Her name is Sarah Elizabeth Munger; Ms. Sarah is a beautiful and energetic girl. In Sumbawa, she lives in the Kamila Kos. All of the ETAs are unmarried. Ms. Sarah went to school for the first time on September 22. Mr. Fahrizal S.Pd. M.Pd, the school principal, gave a welcome speech in the school yard in front of all of the students and teachers. I think the SMAN 1 Sumbawa Besar community welcomed her very well. Up to now Ms. Sarah is very happy staying in Sumbawa (even though the weather is very hot for her), and of course she, Ms. Prita Pratamanita and I enjoy team teaching in the classroom. Ms. Sarah teaches in all of the Class X English classes, accompanied by either myself or Ms. Prita. She goes to school from Monday to Thursday. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday she relaxes, prepares lesson plans and explores the beautiful island of Sumbawa. My students and I are very happy because this is the first time my school has hosted a volunteer teacher from America. Because Ms. Sarah is a native English speaker, we can learn a lot from her.
Aminef : sebuah organisasi kerja sama Amerika dan Indonesia
ETA : panggilan/istilah bagi guru dari Amerika Counterpart : panggilan/istilah bagi guru mitra