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Dari Kami Ke Kita 1: Student Book

By | Copyright Year:2010 | ISBN-13: 9780170181341

Dari Kami Ke Kita is a new national Indonesian series of sequenced and cumulative resources designed to form the basis of a Years 7-10 teaching program. Currently, middle years Indonesian classrooms are not well served with stimulating material and resources, which recognise the cognitive stage of development of their learners. This series aims to provide students who have beginning levels of proficiency with an engaging and challenging way into language learning.

Each student book covers approximately two years of Indonesian studies from Years 7-10, addressing the most current national LOTE focus on communication and intercultural language learning. The authors are expert in this field and have tested their techniques in classrooms and they have also been actively researching, writing, reporting and presenting about intercultural language learning.

Dari Kami Ke Kita: from us (exclusive) to us (inclusive).

This is a figurative title, which relies on the intercultural focus of this series. It implies a ‘movement’ (spatial, linguistic and cultural) towards Indonesia and Indonesian language.

The authors use ke figuratively by intentionally playing with the language construction, overlaying the sense of journey/travel (in a locational sense) onto the personal ideas of us and us (personal pronouns). It captures the abstract concept of ‘space’, but with a shift in language to the personal/cognitive realm, as in terms like ‘personal space’, ‘creating a space’, the ‘third space’, ‘thinking space’, MySpace, etc.

The website has a free area accessible to everybody, with sample pages and news, and protected areas for the students’ activities for book 1 and book 2. To access these protected areas you need to purchase the workbook with an SSO card with a unique PIN that has a duration (ask the sale representatives or customer service for more details).


Langkah 1: Kami dan kita: Who are we?
Langkah 2: Bangsa: How do we connect people and places?
Langkah 3: Kapan? When?
Langkah 4: Ke mana? How do we get there?
Langkah 5: Mau main? How do we play?
Langkah 6: Idola saya: Who do we admire?
Langkah 7: Tanah airku: Where is home?
Langkah 8: Perayaan: What do we celebrate, and why?


Michelle Kohler is an experienced secondary teacher of Indonesian and now researcher at UniSA. She has worked as language advisor and was a member of the writing teams for the Standards for Languages Teaching. Her PhD study focuses on how classroom interaction contributes to intercultural teaching and learning.

Dr Anne-Marie Morgan is currently working at the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures at the University of South Australia on a range of national language projects. She has many years experience teaching Indonesian, drama, music, ESL and cultural studies.

Dr Lesley Harbon is Associate Dean (International) and teaches pre-service undergraduate and postgraduate languages curriculum of study in the University of Sydney. She is currently President of the AFMLTA and her research focuses on intercultural language education. She is a near native speaker of Indonesian.


Focus on intercultural language learning. The series places students’ linguistic and cultural identity at the centre and explicitly develops their meta-linguistic awareness and cultural understandings as well as their intercultural capability

Focus on a developmental view of language learning. A number of strands (e.g. linguistic, cognitive, interaction) become increasingly sophisticated within each year and across the years (i.e. it is sequential and cumulative).

Plenty of photographic material for reflection, study and learning. Photos are relevant to the topics and and facilitate making connections, classroom interaction and student's engagement.

Many digital resources with meaningful tasks to further engage students and facilitate the consolidation of language points as well as offering useful research material for presentation and assessment.

Access to the website for adopting schools. Games, exercises, videos, audio, many interesting links and visual resources for viewing, reflecting, making connections!