Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) again have collaboratively carried out the International Teaching Practice (ITP) program in Malaysia. 13 best students from Department of Mathematics Education and English Education Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FTTE) UMP successfully accomplished the program from 17 February to 15 March 2018. The students were distributed to schools in Malaysia in accordance with their majors, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Mutiara Rini and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Mutiara Rini Johor Baru, Malaysia.
Novi Haryanti, M.Pd., the coordinator of the program, said the ITP is a follow up activity of the MoU already signed by UMP and UTM and also the real action to strengthen the partnership between both universities. In practice, the students of UMP taught two schools appointed by UTM and they were supervised by lecturers from the Malaysian university and from the schools.
In addition, Novi said during the program, the students of UMP experienced cultural and educational system differences in the country of the Twin Towers. In terms of cultural experience, the students found out the different language such as Malay, Hindi, Chinese, and English. Meanwhile, regarding the educational system, the students also said that the curriculum is a little bit different from the one in Indonesia.
“The differences found out by the students are of course not the kind of cultural shock. However, it is considered as challenges for the students to survive while doing community services in Malaysia.” She said.
Berkah Dian, one of the students doing the ITP, agrees with Novi’s statement dealing with the cultural and educational system differences. She found it interesting and considered it a challenge in delivering materials to the students. To conquer such challenge, the students of UMP tried hard to understand the materials and curriculum used in Malaysia. “At first we were surprised with differences found, but after the three days of observation and supervision by lecturers and teachers everything was running smoothly,” she explained.
From the ITP progran, Dian and her friends could see how educational system in Malaysia works. Therefore, in being the real teacher someday, they are able to perform wisely in facing differences. “Despite the different culture of the students, they were enthusiastic in following our learning activities,” she said. Dian also hopes their presences in the two school could tie up the differences of culture among the students. (KUI)