The English Department hosted one public lecture and two seminars in November 2022. All of the events were held in a hybrid format. To attend the events, attendees would either go to the 7th floor of the Soegondo Building or Zoom meeting. The public lecture on November 1st, 2022, was titled What It Means to Be an Irish Writer. This public lecture was given by Irish novelist Audrey Magee. The first seminar, titled International Students’ Seminar on Gender Equality, was held on November 8th, 2022. Four speakers from three different universities shared their perspectives on various subtopics. The second seminar was held on November 26th, 2022, titled International Students’ Seminar on Children Issues. This seminar was also delivered by four speakers from three different universities. The event committee was divided into four divisions. They all carried different roles in the events.
Our English Department major held a recruitment event for its students to join the committees of events for an internal Merdeka Belajar – Kampus Merdeka (MBKM) program. We joined the secretarial division, a division that carries out duties in the administration and file management. Beforehand, our secretarial team had to prepare several things that are related to administration. It was quite challenging at first because this was our first time taking responsibility for secretarial work. We created a registration form for those who expressed interest in participating in these occasions. Since all three events were organized in both offline and online meetings, a scheduled Zoom meeting link was arranged to facilitate the online attendees. After that, we prepared letters of invitation for them. We coordinated with the logistics department in order to handle any required facilities for the event. However, we were still learning throughout the process. Hence we occasionally asked for consultation or guidance from our supervised lecturers and fellow committee members in finishing our work.
A repost from an Obituary to Prof Stephanus Djawanai by Achmad Munjid, PhD
On November 8 and 9, 2022, the English Studies Association Indonesia (ESAI) held their annual congress at Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara, which was attended by department heads and lecturers of English studies programmes from various universities in Indonesia. At the conference, Dr Adi Sutrisno, M.A., was appointed the head of the association. The English Studies Programme would like to congratulate Dr Adi Sutrisno, M.A., on becoming the head of ESAI. We wish him success as he prepares to take up the responsibilities and challenges of leading ESAI into realizing its potential and beyond.
On Saturday, September 30, 2022, the Community Service by English Studies Programme at Muhammadiyah Highschool in Bumiayu was carried out. On September 26, 2022, an online conference was held through Zoom prior to the main event. Dr Ni Gusti Ayu Roselani, the chief of community service, explained community service and the planned activities to the students of Muhammadiyah High School during the online conference. This service’s primary objective is to promote an application called Grammarly, bolster students’ confidence in English writing, and educate them on the dangers of plagiarism. After delivering an opening address, Muhammad Faqih Maftuh, S.Ag, the principal of Muhammadiyah Highschool, officially began the event at 9:00 a.m. in the school’s study hall.
Community Service is an annual event hosted by the English Studies Programme at Universitas Gadjah Mada to execute one of the Three Pillars of Higher Education. This year, the theme of the Community Service was ‘PkM UGM in Collaboration with SMA N 5 Purworejo: Developing Speaking Skills through Storytelling.’ The goal of this Community Service is to foster speaking skills in a way that not only encourages participants to pronounce words correctly but also to speak with the proper intonation and articulation. In addition to learning about modulation, pitch, tempo, pause, and tone through storytelling, the participants gained valuable skills for future public speaking opportunities.