KBRI Paris Opens BIPA 2023 Classes in the Second Semester
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Paris has reopened Indonesian Language for Foreign Speakers (BIPA) classes for the second semester of 2023. The opening of the BIPA 2023 classes held at KBRI Paris was attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia (RI) to France, Andorra, and Monaco, Mohamad Oemar; the Head of the Language Strengthening and Empowerment Center at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek), Iwa Lukmana; and the Rector of Telkom University, Adiwijaya, along with their teams and BIPA class participants.
KBRI Paris and Telkom University Team Up to Promote Indonesian Language
Iwa Lukmana, the Head of the Language Strengthening and Empowerment Center, believes that the collaboration between KBRI Paris and Telkom University in organizing BIPA classes is a successful initiative in globalizing the Indonesian language. This partnership aims to enhance bilateral ties between Indonesia and France while encouraging BIPA learners to delve deeper into Indonesian language and culture.
Ambassador RI Mohamad Oemar Highlights the Importance of Indonesian Language and Culture
In his opening speech, Ambassador RI to France, Mohamad Oemar, stated that one of KBRI Paris’s missions is to “speak in the Indonesian language and speak about Indonesia.” He is delighted to see an increasing number of Indonesian diaspora in France eager to learn the Indonesian language. Ambassador Oemar also expressed his appreciation for the support from Kemendikbudristek and Telkom University in internationalizing the Indonesian language in Paris and noted the significant increase in participants’ interest in KBRI Paris’s BIPA classes.
Increase in Participant Interest in BIPA Business/Intermediate Classes
Furthermore, Ambassador Oemar also noted a significant increase in participant interest in the BIPA Business/Intermediate classes launched in this semester, with the number being double compared to the previous semester. Regarding the collaboration with Telkom University, Oemar mentioned that it provides an opportunity for BIPA learners to speak directly with native Indonesian language speakers through mentoring classes.
Telkom University’s Support for KBRI Paris in Promoting Indonesian Language
Telkom University’s Rector, Adiwijaya, welcomes the partnership and aims for BIPA learners to have an authentic Indonesian language experience while exchanging insights on Indonesian culture, arts, economics, and politics. mentorship at all BIPA levels and access to online learning resources.”
Choice of Advanced/Proficient BIPA Classes with Increased Participants
In the second semester, KBRI Paris, in cooperation with Telkom University, offers Advanced/Proficient BIPA Classes in addition to the Beginner and Business/Intermediate BIPA Classes launched earlier. The number of participants in KBRI Paris’s BIPA classes for the second semester of 2023 reached 102, including Beginner BIPA, Business BIPA, and Proficient BIPA participants. These classes run from September 25th to mid-December.
Motivation of Participants in Learning Indonesian Language
Atdikbud KBRI Paris, Luh Anik Mayani, explained that participants in the BIPA classes are motivated to learn Indonesian for personal reasons, such as having Indonesian family members or partners, wanting to continue their studies or work in Indonesia, traveling to Indonesia, and having an interest in Indonesian history and culture. Luh Anik also noted that conducting online classes extends the reach of BIPA learners in France, covering 75 cities, and even includes participants from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Support from Various Parties for Language Diplomacy in France
The success of language diplomacy programs in France is not possible without the support of various parties, both from Indonesia and France. KBRI Paris receives support from the Language Development and Supervision Agency at Kemendikbudristek, as well as universities in Indonesia, particularly Telkom University. In France, the internationalization of the Indonesian language is also organized by institutions such as INALCO, the University of La Rochelle, and the University of Le Havre.