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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

image designing lesson planFree download: Modules for Teaching English in Indonesia, especially for English teachers in SMP and SMA. File: pdf. Source: Center for Development and Empowerment of Teachers and Education Personnel (CDETEP) or known as Pusat Pengembangan dan Pemberdayaan Pendidik dan Tenaga Kependidikan (PPPPTK). There are five modules/articles you can download for free:

(1) Introduction to Genre Based Approach. This module describes the features of Genre Based Approach involving its methodology, text types, learning cycles and application in the teaching of English… » Click here to download…

(2) Materials Development. This module discusses the concepts, principles, procedures and techniques in developing materials for teaching English… » Click here to download…

(3) Designing Lesson Plan. This module explains how to design lesson plan. It describes the concepts, components, principles and stages in designing lesson plan… » Click here to download…

(4) Instructional Media. This module tells about the definition, kinds and samples of instructional media used for teaching English… » Click here to download…

(5) Language Assessment. This module talks about assessments on the students’ achievement in learning English. It gives description on how to assess listening, speaking, reading and writing skills… » Click here to download…

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An Opening Speech by Master of Ceremonies in English Meeting

image mcFree download: A simple Opening Speech by Master of  Ceremonies (MC) in English Meeting. File: Pdf.  Previews: This  English speech script consists of expressions and utterances occasionally used in handling elementary English speaking/meeting. Grade: for Indonesian students (SMP/MTs/SMA/MA/SMK). Script by Har.



Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

Good morning everybody…

First of all, let us praise to the Almighty Allah SWT, because of His Blessing we are able to come here, to join this English meeting club.

Secondly, may peace be upon our prophet, Muhammad SAW, who has guided us into the right ways of life.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

We, the committee of this English meeting club, would like to say many thanks to all of you who have come here to join, participate and share together in improving our English ability. Without your contribution, it is impossible for us to run this activity. We hope this English meeting will give an advantage for us in developing our language competence, especially speaking skill.

Brothers and Sisters;

Before we run this English meeting, as the host (MC), personally I would like to say I’m so sorry if there are mistakes or inconveniences in my utterances during handling all program or sessions in this meeting.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Brothers and Sisters;

This English meeting contains 4 sessions (programs).

The first one is “self-introduction”. This session will present 3 participants (new members). I will invite them one by one to stand here, in front of you, to make self introductions. After introducing their selves, they must be ready to answer any questions or comments from all the audiences. Of course, the audiences should not ask about their privacy.  And remember, don’t be afraid of making mistakes in your speaking. Don’t worry about your grammar or rules of English structures. The most important thing in this session is that we start to speak English; we encourage ourselves to be confident in speaking.

The second session is “Discussion”. I will divide all of you into 5 groups. Each group consists of 4 or 5 members. To-day topic is “How to improve our English”. We will choose one of the groups randomly to be the presenter. The other groups can be affirmative or opposite groups…

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An English Speech: “Good Leaders will Make a Better Indonesia”

image risa_An English Speech. Topic: Leadership, People Empowering, Community Development. Title: Good Leaders will Make a Better Indonesia.  Speech by: Risa Bhinekawati, one of the most Indonesian inspiring women. Grade: College/University/Government-Public Press. Script and source: Risa Bhinekawati. Re-upload by: har_haarrr.wordpress.com by prior permission from Risa.  ©2010_Risa-Bhinekawati


About Risa Bhinnekawati: Risa Bhinekawati is a sustainable development practitioner with more than 17 years senior leadership experience with national and international institutions.  She holds a BA degree in Economics (1992), an MBA degree in Managing in Asia (1999), and a Masters degree in International Policy and Practice (2006).  She currently works on her PhD program in Business and Economics. Her areas of expertise include international development, community development, institutional development, policy development, strategic planning, multi-stakeholder management, change management, corporate responsibility, people management, public and corporate governance, and knowledge management.

Risa is very passionate about improving public and corporate governance as well as sustainable development in Indonesia and other developing countries.  Her Danamon Go Green program won 2nd place of BBC World Challenge 2009 and 1st place of Metro TV-UNDP/MDGs award in 2008 and 2009. She is the recipient of the Australian Leadership Award (2009), the Allison Sudradjat Award (2009), and the Indonesia-Australia Merdeka Fellowship (1998) from the Australian government, as well as the Merriman Fellowship (2005) from the George Washington University, USA… More about Risa Bhinekawati, click here>>>…




Speech by Risa Bhinekawati, a recipient of the  Australian Leadership Award and Allison Sudradjat Award at the Australian Leadership Award Conference Dinner, the National Museum of Australia, 16 March 2010.  The dinner is part of the AusAID Leadership Development Program conference organized by Curtin University, attended by AusAID officials and 180 recipients of the Australian Leadership Awards from 26 Asia Pacific Countries.

Good evening.

It is a real honor for me to receive the Australian Leadership Award, the Allisson Sudradjat Award, and to have an opportunity to deliver this speech.

I thank God for allowing me to reach this far. Being an eldest child of a civil servant in Indonesia is a challenging experience. When I grew up, my family had to work very hard to earn extra money so that my siblings and I could go to school.  Before school, I had to get up at 4am in the morning to go to the market, and then helped my mother to prepare food to cater for the neighborhood. My parents are very special people who have always been my role model.  They show us integrity, perseverance, and faith for not giving up our dreams.

After finishing high school in 1984, I went to evening classes at a secretarial academy and worked as a temporary secretary. By combining school and work, I have been able to solve my short-term needs while building a path towards my long-term career aspirations. I obtained a BA degree in Economics in 1992 with my personal savings, an MBA degree in 1999 with the Indonesia-Australia Merdeka Fellowship from the Australian Government, and a Masters degree in International Policy in 2006 with Merriman Fellowship from the George Washington University, and hopefully will get my PhD in 2012 with the Australian Leadership Award.

For the last 18 years, I have been in seven leadership positions in national and international institutions, dealing with establishing organizations and empowering people; formulating policies and implementing strategic planning; and managing interactions between the government, private sector and civil society. In 2009, my community development program, Danamon Go Green, won the second place in the BBC World Challenge, selected from 900 programs worldwide.  In this program, Danamon Foundation works together with 31 local governments all over Indonesia to convert organic market waste into high quality compost and improve agriculture production.  Every month we process 400 tons of waste into 120 tons of fertilizer.  We also implement management techniques such as balanced score card and on-line reporting for monitoring and evaluation of local governments’ performance.

I never imagine before that my efforts in bringing together the strengths of local government, private sector and community in solving environmental issues while building prosperity at grass-roots level would get such a high recognition.  I am so proud that I am able to bring a local innovation of Indonesia to global audience.  This experience confirm my believe that Indonesians can do better if we are serious and persevere in achieving our goals.

Looking back, I have been wondering why a country with rich natural resources and social capital such as Indonesia cannot afford basic needs for its civil servants and public services for its citizens. Along my career journey, I have built my understanding about the root cause of the problem: lack of public and private sector governance cause corruption; and corruption causes poverty.  As you may know, Indonesia continues its process of transition toward economic and democratic governance.  The country needs strong leaders with a combination of integrity and capability to manage that transition.

Leadership attributes sparkle from within.  I find that my success and failures depend on how effective I motivate others, how much I learn from others, and how well I work with others.

I believe good leaders will make a significant difference, and my dream of having a better Indonesia always motivates me to make good personal and professional decisions.  Now I am 44 with a meaningful life: a mother of a 15 year-old son, a wife, and a senior leader with a proven track record. It is time for me to pursue my real passion to improve the welfare and dignity of Indonesia’s diverse communities. To do so, I need to enhance my capacity and skills so I can play a significant leadership role in the legislative or executive body of Indonesian government. As a leader and a change agent within the government, I believe I can contribute greatly in improving Indonesian human development indexes and governance ratings internationally.

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English Speech: “Kartini Day” (1)

image kartiniAn example of English Speech Scripts. Topic: Women’s Rights and Emancipation. Title: Kartini Day (Hari Kartini).


Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

First of all, let us praise to the Almighty Allah SWT, because of His Blessing we are able to attend this English speech contest. Secondly, may peace be upon the prophet Muhammad Saw who has guided us from the darkness into the brightness.

In this good opportunity, I would like to say many thanks to the adjudicators and MC who have given me chance to deliver an English speech in front of you all.

My great appreciation also goes to all the teachers, students, and participants who have come to this place.

Ladies and Gentlemen…

The title of my speech is “Kartini Day”.

We all know… every year, on 21st April, Indonesian people always celebrate Kartini Day. The commemoration of Kartini Day is based on the life story of RA Kartini who is widely regarded as a national Indonesian heroine in the women’s rights and  emancipation.

RA Kartini was born on 21st April, 1879 in Jepara, Central Java. Her father, Raden Mas Sosroningrat, was the chief of Jepara Regency. At the time, Java was still a part of Dutch Colonies. Until the late 19th century and early 20th century, Indonesian women did not have the equal rights as men obtained. Women could not get higher education. They were also forbidden to choose their ways of life, such as expressing ideas or opinion and choosing husband.

Brothers and Sisters…

At the time, Javanese women could not attend school. Fortunately, because Kartini was born into a family with a strong intellectual tradition, she was then allowed to attend school until she was 12 years old. She learned much, including Dutch Language. After she turned 12 years old she was ‘secluded’ at home, a common practice among Javanese nobility, to prepare young girls for their marriage. During seclusion, girls were not allowed to leave their parents’ house until they were married. Kartini continued to educate herself on her own. Because Kartini could speak Dutch, she acquired several Dutch pen friends. One of them, a girl by the name of Rosa Abendanon, became her very close friend. Kartini read many kinds of books, newspapers and magazines about feminist thinking. They inspired and supported Kartini to improve the conditions of Javanese women who had a very low social status.

The letters from Kartini to her friends, especially Rosa Abendanon, were mainly about her views of the social conditions prevailing at that time, particularly the condition of native Indonesian women. She protested the tendency of Javanese Culture to impose obstacles for the development of women. She depicted the sufferings of Javanese women fettered by tradition, unable to study, secluded, and must be prepared to participate in polygamous marriages with men they don’t know.

Seven years later after Kartini died, her letters were compiled and published into a book in 1912. The book was titled: “Door Duisternis tot Licht” or known as “Out of Dark Comes Light” (Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang).

  • Selengkapnya, free download contoh naskah lomba pidato Bahasa Inggris  “Kartini Day” (version1), click here>>>…
  • “Kartini Day and Women’s Emancipation” (version2: for SD/SMP students, with Indonesian translation), click here>>>…


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English Speech: Teachers’ Day

image teachers dayTopic: Education, Teachers’ Association of the Republic of Indonesia (PGRI), Teachers’ Day. Title: Teachers’ Day. Grade: for SMP/MTs, SMA/MA/SMK, College/University. (Topik: Pendidikan, PGRI, Hari Guru. Judul: Hari Guru. Tingkatan: untuk SMP/MTs, SMA/MA/SMK, College/Universitas).


Honorable Juries
Honorable our Teachers
Ladies and Gentlemen; Brothers and Sisters

Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

It is a great honor for me to join this English speech contest. Thank you very much for the chance given to me.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

The title of my speech is: “Teachers’ Day”.

Every year, on the 25th of November, we commemorate the birthday of Teachers’ Association of the Republic of Indonesia, or known as PGRI. The day is also called National Teachers’ Day. The commemoration is a kind of appreciation for our teachers. It is usually celebrated in a ceremonial activity by giving rewards to certain teachers, head masters, or school attendants.

Brothers and Sisters;

The Teachers’ Association of the Republic of Indonesia (PGRI) was founded on 25th November,1945, about three months after the proclamation of the Indonesian independence. At the time, the establishment of PGRI had three purposes, they were: first, defending the independence of Indonesia; second, improving education in our country; and the last, helping the labors and teachers get their rights.

For many years, PGRI has become a functional organization representing teachers as civil servants. It has been a survival union in any kinds of social and political situation. No matter how difficult the condition of our country, PGRI always tries to survive. It will keep struggling to improve the quality of education in this country.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

Today, we are in the situation of the celebration of Teachers’ Day. We are commemorating the birthday of PGRI. The question is, what should we do to make this celebration have a great meaning to the improvement of our education system?

We cannot deny that the quality of our education is still poor. It is a fact that our education achievement is at the bottom within South-East Asia countries, even we are left behind our neighbors. There are many problems in our education system. Let me give some examples: many teachers are poorly trained both in their subject matters and in teaching skills, our teachers’ salaries are low, our education fee is still expensive, and also other crucial problems related to the curriculum, national exam (UN), and teacher certification.
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Lomba Debat Bahasa Inggris

image_Speak-English-pleaseSalah satu lomba yang bisa memotivasi siswa dalam belajar Bahasa Inggris ialah Lomba Debat Bahasa Inggris (English Debating Competition). Lomba ini, jika dibandingkan dengan lomba pidato maupun drama, masih belum terlalu popular di tingkat sekolah menengah atas. Padahal, dari segi penilaian skill Bahasa Inggris, lomba ini bisa menjadi indikator yang valid dalam menilai (assessing) kemampuan listening dan speaking siswa. Dalam lomba debat, siswa akan mengeksplorasi semua pengetahuan, ide, pendapat, dan spontanitasnya ketika membahas dan meng-counter opini lawan. Tentu saja, untuk dapat memenangkan lomba, siswa harus memiliki kosakata (vocabulary) yang memadai, terbiasa menggunakan ungkapan-ungkapan (expressions) dalam percakapan, serta mampu bertukar opini (sharing opinion).

Berikut ini beberapa hal penting terkait dengan Lomba Debat Bahasa Inggris.

Debat adalah kegiatan adu argumentasi antara dua pihak atau lebih, baik secara perorangan maupun kelompok, dalam mendiskusikan dan memutuskan masalah dan perbedaan.

Debat kompetitif adalah debat dalam bentuk lomba atau permainan yang biasa dilakukan di tingkat sekolah dan universitas. Dalam hal ini, debat dilakukan sebagai pertandingan dengan aturan atau format yang jelas dan ketat antara dua pihak yang masing-masing mendukung dan menentang sebuah pernyataan. Debat disaksikan oleh satu atau beberapa orang juri yang ditunjuk untuk menentukan pemenang dari sebuah debat. Pemenang dari debat kompetitif adalah tim yang berhasil menunjukkan pengetahuan dan kemampuan debat yang lebih baik.

Gaya dan jenis debat kompetitif. Ada beberapa gaya debat yang sering dijadikan model dalam lomba debat Bahasa Inggris, di antaranya:

  • Debat Parlementer (Parliamentary Debate): Gaya berdebat seperti dalam debat di perlemen. Peserta debat, baik perseorangan maupun kelompok, terbagi menjadi dua: sebagai Pemerintah (government) dan Oposisi (opposition). Contoh debat parlementer: model parlemen Inggris, Australia dan Amerika.
  • Debat Proposal (Policy Debate): Debat berkaitan dengan adanya topik proposal atau kebijakan. Topik tersebut kemudian ditanggapi oleh peserta debat yang terbagi menjadi dua tim: satu tim setuju dengan proposal tersebut (affirmative); tim lainnya berada pada peran menolak atau tidak setuju (Negative).
  • Debat yang topik-nya tidak diberitahukan (Impromptu Debate): Debat ini, topiknya diberikan sesaat (sekitar sepuluh menit) sebelum lomba dimulai.
  • Beberapa jenis model lain, selengkapnya klik di sini>>>…

Istilah-istilah dalam lomba debat Bahasa Inggris:

  1. Lomba Debat Bahasa Inggris, biasa diterjemahkan dengan nama: English Debating Competition atau English Debating Contest
  2. Topik debat atau mosi disebut: motion
  3. Tim: team
  4. Tim atau regu universitas: varsity
  5. Tim yang bertindak sebagai tim pemerintah; tim yang setuju, biasa disebut sebagai: affirmative team / government team / proposition team.
  6. Tim yang bertindak sebagai penentang; tim yang tidak setuju; tim oposisi, biasa disebut sebagai: negative team / opposition team.
  7. Pemimpin, wasit debat, moderator: chairperson / chairman
  8. Juri atau penilai: adjudicator
  9. Interupsi: points of information
  10. Bantahan, sanggahan: rebuttal
  11. Contoh pembukaan sederhana oleh moderator (untuk lomba debat tingkat SMA):

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim, in the name of God, I declare this English Debating Championship… open. Ladies and Gentlemen; before starting this competition, first of all, I would like to introduce the participants and committees to you all. The first team is from SMA…, this team will be the affirmative team. The second team is from SMK…, this team will be the negative or opposition team. In adjudicating the debates, there are 3 adjudicators here, they are ……

  • Contoh teknik dan petunjuk (guidelines) Lomba Debat Bahasa Inggris, silahkan download (pdf)>> [di sini…]
  • Contoh lembar penilaian (adjudication sheet), silahkan download >> [di sini…]
  • Contoh draft/script lomba debat Bahasa Inggris topik… silahkan ditunggu up-load berikutnya.

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