Students heading to Indonesia

ourteen Trinity College Colac students will visit Malaysia and Indonesia with teacher Elana Cole, right.

ourteen Trinity College Colac students will visit Malaysia and Indonesia with teacher Elana Cole, right.

COLAC students say an upcoming trip to Indonesia will boost their language skills.

A group of 14 Trinity College Colac Year Nine Indonesian language students are preparing for a trip to Indonesia and Malaysia next month.

The Indonesian leg of the trip will be primarily language focused and the Malaysian leg will be environment based, including a visit to an orangutan sanctuary.

Ethan Schroder said he was excited to speak Indonesian to Indonesians.

“They love it how we learn to speak Indonesian,” Ethan said.

“I’m mainly looking forward to using the slang words,” he said.

Ethan said he was also hoping to see the Malaysian rafflesia flower, also called the “corpse flower” because it smelled like rotten flesh.

“That would be pretty amazing,” he said.

The trip will also include visits to a Malaysian school, participation in a dance workshop, a visit to Prabanam Hindu temple and a tour of a clothing factory.

Lily Marwood said she was also excited for the trip.

“I’m most looking forward to the orangutans,” Lily said.

“I think it will be a really good experience to go to the schools and see how they learn,” she said.

“I’m hoping to understand more about how they use their words.”

Head of Indonesian Elana Cole said the trip, for students continuing their language studies, was a way to speed up the students’ skills and increase their interest in the subject.

“They get first-hand knowledge,” Ms Cole said.

“It makes the learning real, it makes the subject meaningful,” she said.

Ms Cole, who will make the trip for her 23rd time, said cultural aspects of the trip also gave the language classes context.

“You can’t teach a language without teaching a culture,” she said.

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