Increasing Self Capacity Through English Language Skills
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The constraint the use of English in Mbeliling, Ruteng, and Jerebu’u is still strongly felt. English language skills for tour players is still uneven and limited to individuals. Therefore it takes an effort to master of a foreign language, either individually or in groups. The problem that frequently arises is when there is someone who has been able to use the English language, but the language can not be applied properly and can not be applied in everyday life. When guests arrive, the host becomes difficult to interact because of insufficient mastery of the English language. Therefore, it takes a good English language training in innovative ways, applicable, be relaxing, and sustainable.
In order to improve the skills of local communities as host tourism activities in Flores, Indecon-CREATED project holds a series of English language training for homestay female manager that trained by local facilitator from CREATED project in West Manggarai. English language training activities will take place two times a week for each group of homestay female manager. Training schedules are designed and agreed between tutor (Field Facilitator) and the students (Homestay manager). In Tado and Liang Ndara this training has been going on since the beginning of July 2016 to the present and in Waerebo will take place from September 2016. English language training is expected to be implemented in daily life, especially to guests who come to the village.
The training focuses on “English for Tourism” with the materials according to daily life always experienced by the manager of homestay in particularly. For example, training on guest services and also training recognizing numbers and tools inside bedroom and kitchen in english. The exercises are given with interesting and attractive module, make it easy to learn. Active English is also applied in the local facilitator with homestay female manager, such as when giving up an information, teachers and students are required to use English. With this learning system, hopefully all homestay manager can continue applying English language skills everytime they meet guests who comes to the kampong.