We are proud to introduce AIAV's 'A-team' of teachers, all of whom bring a wealth of experience to their classroom teaching. From time to time you may also meet other guest teachers.
Ibu Bea Awiati has worked as a high school teacher in Australia since 1990 in both the International Baccalaureate and Victorian school programs. She studied a Diploma of Education and a Master of Computer Education at Melbourne University. Previously, she worked and studied at the University of Indonesia before moving to Australia.
For several years she has taught at AIAV’s evening classes at different levels. She has taken her school students to Indonesia to experience first-hand the language, school life and culture.
Her goal in teaching Indonesian to adults is to explore further their love of Indonesian and help them speak the language fluently without worrying about making mistakes.
Ibu Widha Chaidir has been teaching Indonesian and French for almost 35 years. Her teaching career started in Jakarta at the French International and Jakarta International schools. After graduating from the Faculty of Education in 1984 in Jakarta, she studied at Nice University, France, and completed her Master of Teaching French as a Second Language. More than 20 years ago she came to Australia to teach French and Indonesian in a private school in north-east Melbourne, where she still works today.
Teaching is her passion. She is very happy to share her knowledge about Indonesia with her students, and enjoys meeting and interacting with people.
Born in Jakarta and a graduate of the Indonesian Christian University, Ibu Nani Pollard has dedicated her life to the field of Indonesian language and culture. After working for TVRI Pusat Jakarta in children’s programs, Ibu Nani decided to continue her career in Australia. She went on to teach Indonesian Language and Literature at the University of Melbourne from 1994 to 2017. She was also part of the writers’ group who published Bersama-sama 1 and 2 – Indonesian language textbooks for high school students.
Ibu Nani holds a BIPA teaching certificate. She has also taught at the RAAF Point Cook, Deakin University and the Supreme Court. Ibu Nani is the teaching coordinator at our City classes.
BapakEdan Runge joined the AIAV Teaching Team in 2021. He works as an Indonesian Language Assistant at a Victorian secondary school and has worked as an Indonesian language tutor for secondary school students and adults since 2016.
Edan is a Melbourne University graduate with specialisations in Indonesian language, cultural study and journalism. He is a freelance translator and a member of the AIAV Newsletter Editorial Team.
As a foreign language fanatic, Edan is also a fluent speaker of French, Spanish and Italian, in addition to his first language, English.
Ibu Hillary Mansour is an enthusiastic teacher with several years’ experience, who strives to create a warm and engaging classroom environment for her students.
Born and raised in Australia, Mbak Hillary studied Bahasa Indonesia from a young age and maintained a strong interest in Indonesian history and politics throughout her studies.
While living in Java, Mbak Hillary studied at Gadjah Mada University and Parahyangan University. She also undertook intensive tuition at Wisma Bahasa language school in Yogyakarta.
She has a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian, and a Combined Honours in History and Indonesian Studies. Learning Bahasa Indonesia has always been an exciting and enriching experience for her. She has previously taught Indonesian at Newman College and at the University of Melbourne.
Ibu Cucu Juwita worked as a lecturer at the National Hotel Institute Bandung, before moving to Australia in 2005. She joined AIAV teaching team in 2008 and taught various levels of classes in Hawthorn campus. Her teaching career in Australia began in 2007, as a lecturer in Indonesian at Deakin University, then as Indonesian program coordinator and assistant lecturer at La Trobe University.
Ibu Cucu completed her Bachelor of Social Sciences in Bandung, before obtaining a Master of Applied Linguistics, Graduate Diploma in TESOL and Graduate Diploma in Teaching from La Trobe University. She also attended the PHD program at RMIT university and conducted research to bridge linguistic and cultural gaps between cultures. In addition, she is a professional translator and interpreter at NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters), and a member of VILTA (Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association). She always likes to bridge language and cultural barriers between cultures, especially between Indonesians and Australians.
Bapak Justin is an Indonesian language teacher by training. He has extensive teaching experience in tertiary institutions in Australia. Currently he is a lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the University of Melbourne (UoM), while also teaching Advanced Indonesian through zoom at the AIAV since 2020. As a language teacher at UoM, he has been coordinating and teaching a range of subjects from beginners to advanced levels. Justin’s academic pursuits are multidisciplinary. He obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy in Indonesia, a Bachelor of Theology in Melbourne, a Master of Arts/Anthropology (The University of Melbourne), a Graduate Diploma of Education (Monash University), and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. For his PhD, he wrote a thesis on the culture of fear concerning the historical events of 1965 in Indonesia. Justin’s research interests have been primarily in the fields of culture and language, religion and politics in eastern Indonesia.
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