Listening Audio and Transcript: Hope, Expectation for New Indonesian Leader

image jokowi inaugurationListening practices with audio and transcript. Title: Hope, Expectation for New Indonesian Leader. Type: News, Story. The files (audio mp3 and word doc/pdf) are intended to be used as additional materials for English listening class for Indonesian students, grade: senior high / vocational schools. Upload by (October 2014), source:


Indonesia has a new president. Joko Widodo was sworn in as president on Monday at the national parliament building in Jakarta. Leaders of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore attended the swearing-in ceremony. So did America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State John Kerry.

By the middle of the day, thousands of people had gathered on Jakarta’s main streets to welcome the new leader and celebrate his swearing-in. Celebrations included a parade, a rock music show and the release of paper lanterns into the night sky.

Joko Widodo does not have ties to the Indonesian political establishment. His election is being celebrated as a turning point in the world’s third-largest democracy. The former businessman had become a highly popular politician. He is Indonesia’s seventh president. There are huge expectations for the new president. His election has created a sense of hope and change in Indonesia. But President Widodo will face difficult issues. Aleksius Jemadu is a professor at Pelita Harapan University in Indonesia.

He says “I think his biggest challenge is going to be how to defend his policies and how to get the support of members of parliament, especially those that are on the other side of the political spectrum.”

Mr. Widodo won the presidential election with 53 percent of the vote nationwide. But he does not control a majority in Indonesia’s parliament.

Recently, parliament voted to cancel direct elections for local government leaders. The vote has fueled fears that the president’s opponents could block his programs and refuse to approve money to carry out his proposals.

US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with President Joko Widodo at his inauguration Oct. 20, 2014

Economic growth in Indonesia is the lowest it has been in five years. That is partly because of reduced demand for oil and other commodities. The new president is hoping for a growth rate of seven percent. He has promised to improve transportation and other infrastructure and carry out delayed reforms. …

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Listening Audio and Transcript: “The Sleeping Beauty”

image_ the sleeping beautyDownload: Listening Audio (mp.3) and Transcript (word). Genre: Narrative. Title: The Sleeping Beauty.

Excerpts of the transcript:

Once upon a time there was a king and queen who for a very long time had no children, and when at length a little daughter was born to them they were so pleased that they gave a christening feast to which they invited a number of fairies. But, unfortunately, they left out one rather cross old fairy, and she was so angry that she said the princess should die when she reached the age of sixteen, by pricking her hand with a spindle. All the other fairies present, except one, had already given the princess their beautiful gifts, and this last one said she could not prevent part of the wicked wish coming true; but her gift should be that the princess should not really die, but only fall into a deep sleep, which should last for a hundred years, and at the end of that time she should be awakened by a king’s son …

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Download: Listening (Audio and Transcript) UN 2013 – SMK

Download: Listening Section (Audio and Transcript) in National Exam (UN) 2013 – SMK.

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Here are the excerpts of the listening transcript in UN 2013 – SMK:

Listening Section
In this section of the test, you will have the chance to show how well you understand spoken English. There are four parts to this section, with special directions for each part.
Part I. Pictures
Questions: 1 to 3
Directions: For each question, there is a picture in your test book and four short statements about it on the tape. They are spoken twice and are not written out on your test book, so you must listen carefully.
You must choose one statement A, B, C, or D that best describes the picture. Then, on your answer sheet, mark your choice.
Look at the following picture!
Now listen to the following statements
A. The girl is standing near the field
B. The boys are working in the field
C. The children are playing a game
D.The boy is holding the ball
Choice (C) – “The children are playing a game” – best describes what is seen in the picture. Therefore, you should mark (C) on your answer sheet.
Let’s begin with picture number one.
Number 1
a. People are selling food
b. The cars are parking in the parking lot
c. They are performing on the stage
d. They are practicing musical instruments

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Download: Listening (Audio and Transcript) UN 2013 – SMA/MA

Download: Listening Section (Audio and Transcript) in National Exam (UN) 2013 – SMA/MA.

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Here are the excerpts of the listening transcript in UN 2013 – SMA/MA:

Listening section
In this section of the test, you will have the chance to show how well you understand spoken English. There are four parts to this section with special direction for each part.

Part I: Questions 1 to 4
Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear some dialogues and questions spoken in English. The dialogues and the questions will be spoken twice. They will not be printed in your test book, so you must listen carefully to understand what the speakers are saying.
After you listen to the dialogue and the question about it, read the five possible answers, and decide which one would be the best answer to the question you have heard. Now listen to a sample question.

You will hear:
Man : I give up! I’ll stop learning French
Woman : Why do you say that? You are making a lot of progress.
Man : No, I’m not. I’ve tried hard but still, I cannot speak it well
Woman : How come? You can speak Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, and even Rusian well, can’t you?
Narrator : What language is difficult for the man to learn?
A. Hindi
B. Arabic.
C. French
D. Russian.
E. Japanese.
The best answer to this question is “French”. Therefore you should choose answer (C).

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Listening Material: Tourist Information

Image Tourist-InfoFree download: English listening material. Topic/Title: English for Tourism / Tourist Information; audio: mp3, transcript and sample of exercises: doc and pdf files, type: dialogues/conversation, intended to be used for Indonesian students (SMP, SMA, SMK).

Situation: A tourist asking for information in a tourist information office.



Tourist: Excuse me.  Do you speak English?
Woman: Yes, of course.  Can I help you?
Tourist: Yes, we’ve just arrived on holiday here.  Have you got a map of the town?
Woman: Yes. Here you are. The tourist office is just here. I’ll mark it with a cross. If you walk down this street here, you get to the beach. It’s about 5 minutes.
Tourist: Thank you.  Where is the old part of the town?
Woman: Over here.  You can see lots of narrow winding streets, and there’s the church.
Tourist: How long would it take to walk there?
Woman: About 10 or 15 minutes. The easiest way from here is to turn left and go straight along the road until you reach the bus station, and then turn right.
Tourist: Is there a train station as well as a bus station?
Woman: Yes. The train station is here on the edge of the town. I’ll just get you some timetables (pause and rustling). Here you have a train timetable, and one for the buses.
Tourist: Thanks very much.  Do you have any information about things to do in the area?
Woman: Yes, of course. Over there we’ve got leaflets about local attractions. And this free guide here tells you what’s on this month. It has information about concerts, festivals, children’s events etc.

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Listening (Audio and Transcript): Confirming a Hotel Booking

Free download: English listening material. Title: Confirming a Hotel Booking; audio: mp3, transcript: doc files, type: dialogues/conversation, intended to use for Indonesian students (SMP/SMA).

Situation : a telephone conversation between a hotel receptionist and a person trying to make a booking. The line is bad but the receptionist has the telephone skills to deal with this problem.


Receptionist : Good afternoon, Orion Hotel, how may I help you?
Customer    : I’m ringing to confirm a booking I made a week ago. I was expecting an email but I haven’t receivedanything.
Receptionist : I’m sorry the line is rather bad, would you mind repeating that, please?
Customer    : Yes, I made a reservation on your website under the name of Coutts. George Coutts.
Receptionist : Could you spell your surname for me, please?
Customer    : Yes, that’s C-O-U-T-T-S
Receptionist : And when was the reservation for?
Customer    : July 23rd to the 29th
Receptionist : Sorry, did you say the 21st ?
Customer    : No, the 23rd
Receptionist : Let me just check if we have your details on the system. Ah… yes, here we are.
Customer    : I put down one double and one single room, but I wonder if I could change that.
Receptionist : I’m terribly sorry I didn’t quite catch that. Would you mind speaking up a little?
Customer    : Yes, I wanted to change the number of rooms. Is it possible to have two doubles instead of a singleand a double?

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Modules for Teaching English Language Skills

image teaching speakingFree downloads: Modules for teaching English language skills, intended for use in teaching  English in Indonesia, particularly for Junior/Senior High Schools (SMP/SMA). These modules contain methodological references and guidelines for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Source: Center for Development and Empowerment of Teachers and Education Personnel (CDETEP), Ministry of National Education.

Module 1: Teaching Listening. Listening is the basis for the development of all other skills and the main channel through which the student makes initial contact with the target language and its culture. Through active listening, students acquire vocabulary and syntax, as well as better pronunciation, accent and intonation. Though listening skill is very important, for some language learners it is considered to be the most difficult language skill… more › download here…

Module 2: Teaching Speaking. Speaking is a productive skill. It cannot be separated from listening. When we communicate we convey the message, which is meaningful. It comes from the meaning, which is expressed in the form of speech act. In teaching speaking teachers should know the concept of speaking, the element of the sound for instance phonemes because it seems the teachers still find difficulties in pronouncing them based on the classroom observation during the upgrading and it is important for teachers to pronounce correctly since they should be a good models for their students. The teachers also still have problems of understanding and applying models of learning and teaching, and various techniques of teaching speaking… more › download here…

Module 3: Teaching Reading. This supplementary material is developed to provide underlying resources for English teachers in improving their teaching competence and language proficiency in the framework of continuous professional development. This material specifically is intended to provide clear information of all aspects in reading and how to bring it in the classroom as well. Those aspects cover the levels of comprehension, text types and text situation. By having prompt perspective, the English teacher will be able to implement better teaching practices, reflect it continually, and recording in the form of classroom action research. Ultimately this experience can be dedicated to have continuous professional development… more › download here…

Module 4: Teaching Writing. Writing is transforming thoughts into language; it means that we need to think about the content of our writing first and then arrange the ideas using appropriate language (e.g. grammar and vocabulary). Consequently we must learn about organizational skills in writing. It also involves several sub-skills. Some of these are related to accuracy, i.e. using the correct forms of language. Writing accurately involves spelling correctly, forming letters correctly, writing legibly, punctuating correctly, using correct layouts, choosing the right vocabulary, using grammar correctly, joining sentences correctly and using paragraphs correctly… more › download here…

Module 5: Teaching Mixed Ability Classes. All classes are heterogeneous or in the other term “mixed ability classes”, especially in secondary schools most classes have a wide range of levels and abilities. Developing a teaching approach to deal with such diversity in one class seems to be almost impossible demand. By knowing of teaching mixed ability classes teacher will have fresh point of view to look at the mixture of skills and abilities as a factor and suggesting some approriate teaching approaches and strategies and also teachers will able to modify material to make it suitable for a range of abilities… more › download here…

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