A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF ENGLISH FOR ULAMA PROGRAM: A COLLABORATION BETWEEN WEST JAVA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND BRITISH COUNCIL INDONESIA

https://doi.org/10.22146/jkap.54192

Istianah Ramadani(1*)

(1) School of Government and Public Policy Indonesia
(*) Corresponding Author

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Indonesia is a country with the largest Muslim population in the world, with Java having   the biggest number of Muslim scholars (ulamas), in Indonesia. Nonetheless, it is unfortunate that participation of Indonesian ulamas in international da’wa or sermon is very limited. One of the obstacles Ulamas face in proselytizing in foreign countries is the weak English language proficiency. English is today has become the most freqeuntly used international language in the 21st century, making it a lingua franca, and a valuable means of international communication. This articles assesses a program that involved the collaboration between West Java provincial  government  and  the British Council Indonesia to provide English training for Ulamas in  West Java. The program was tailored toward  enhancing English proficiency of Ulamas, which in turn was expected to their ability to participate in proselytization activities and dialogues  abroad.  The  objective of this  research was to assess the evolution of the program to become the policy of West Java provincial governor, as well as the conduct, progress and performance of the program.   Motivation to learn and the leanrning community were some of the key factors that influnced the performance of the  English for Ulama program.However, limited time and budget were some of the key obstacles  that contrained program performance. Conclusions were used to draw several policy recommendations.

 


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partnership; policy evaluation; public policy process

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