UNAIR NEWS – Student association of Accounting Three Year Vocational (D3) Program, Faculty Vocational Studies(FV) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) once again held an English language training activity called English Club. This is an effort to hone students’ English language skills to face various competitions. It was held every Tuesday afternoon for a full month since September 8, 2020.
The annual event has now been held for the fourth time. Nabila Paramita as the chief executive said that it was held to face the Indonesian Vocational Olympiad (OLIVIA). “We emphasize intensive English language training for one month to prepare the main OLIVIA delegation,” she said.
Nabila or Lala said that the ability to speak English is the main asset to compete in the era of globalization. Besides assisting students to make achievements during college, she continued, it can also increase international career opportunities.
Lala explained that the training was divided into several stages. However, the event was focused on writing English essays. “The activities are gradual, but still focus on mastering communication and strengthening vocabulary and grammar,” said Lala.
English Lecturer of UNAIR Faculty of Vocational Studies Lutfi Ashar Mauludin S.Pd., MA, M.Pd., supervised this activity. The first meeting was opened with an introduction to the basic techniques of writing English essays.
Next, each participant was asked to write an opinion texts. At this second meeting, all opinions were reviewed one by one and then corrected according to the provisions of the essay. The trainer also had time to deliver material development into a series of paragraphs.
In third and fourth meeting, participants focused on consulting essay frameworks they worked on. These activities were carried out through group chat. So, that the trainers are more flexible in responding to the participants.
Online implementation did not affect the enthusiasm of the participants. There were 20 students participating. They were quite active in discussions throughout the events.
Even though it is held for OLIVIA, said Lala, it is possible that the knowledge gained by the participants can also be a used for various other competitions, for example, a business plan or Scientific Writing Competition (LKTI).
Previously, English Club was held regularly. At that time, the training was carried out face-to-face in the classroom.
Lala hopes that this activity can boost student achievements. “Student association as an intra-program organization is in charge of providing a learning and training platform for students. So in addition to providing information on the competition, we also provide facilities for fellow students,” she concluded. (*)
Author: Erika Eight Novanty
Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia