In Kampung Inggris, Everybody is so Serious on English

Activity in Kampung Inggris

Did you know, you can improve your English while go traveling. Visit Pare. It is known as Kampung Inggris (English Village). At least, two of its villages, i.e. Tulungrejo and Pelem Village, are dominated by English learning activities. They hold English courses intensively day and night. From days to months. It’s not merely formal classes. The students sometimes travel out to some tourism site, go around with bicycles, play some games, and finally sleep in dormitory. However, they have to speak English all the time. Yes, that’s English camp’s rule!

But of course, the program is not for native English speakers. There is no Caucasian here. The man who started this kampong development even is “just” an Indonesian.

Back in 1976, a young man named Kalend Osen wanted to learn some subjects from Hajj Ahmad Yazid in Pelem Village, Pare. Mr. Yazid was a polyglot. The young Kalend then stayed as a student in Mr. Yazid’s pesantren (Islamic boarding school). One day, two university students from IAIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya came to learn English for their exam. Because Mr. Yazid wasn’t there, his wife then asked Kalend to teach them. Hence, Kalend gave them short course for five days. Done. They went home.

In about a month, they returned to tell Kalend that they had passed the English exam. It was a good news! Kalend got more confidence to teach English. So, in 1977, he officially launched the BEC (Basic English Course). Kalend adopted pesantren method in his curriculum. It was successful method. That’s why, many of his students then ran their own English Course with the same success recipe: everyday learning (reading, writing, listening, speaking) from the morning until the night, in a conducive ambiance.

The new students keep on coming, from Surabaya, Jogjakarta, Jakarta, Bogor, even outside Java. And the number of the course institutions continually grows as well. Currently, there are more than 100 institutions in Pare alone.

Mostly, the houses in Pelem and Tulungrejo Villages are dedicated for the course activities, including the classes, guest houses or dormitories for students, book stores, etc. Luckily, The fees for the course and dormitory is super cheap. That’s why we call this place “kampung”. The living cost here is always lower than cities like Malang, Gresik or Surabaya. FYI, Pare is a district in Kediri Regency, East Java Province. It’s located at the bottom of Mount Kelud’s slopes. About 30 minutes land trip from Kediri, and about two hours land trip from Surabaya City.

And by the way, in Kampung Inggris, there are also course for other languages, such as Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc. Interesting, isn’t it? [photo from Kompasiana]


Moch. YusufWritten by Moch. Yusuf, The Course Coordinator for Kampung Inggris. You may like his other articles about Kediri:

Grojogan Sewu Waterfall

A stream near Grojogan SewuLet’s take another trip to waterfall. This time is a cluster of waterfalls located in the slope of Mount Lawu, Tawangmangu District, Karanganyar Regency, around 27 kilometers east of Karanganyar City, Central Java Province. The waterfall is part of the Grojogan Sewu National Park. A mix of tourism forest and waterfall, it is a 20 acres forest managed by Natural Resources Conservation Board (KSDA) of Bogor.

At hand, we parked near a stream lies on front side area of the main waterfall. That stream, it was worth seeing, believe me. I even tasted its fresh water a little bit. Then, we went to the entrance of Grojogan Sewu. Still, we cannot see the waterfall there. You had to take a walking tour. It cost 8,000 IDR per person.

There were shelters and benches for taking short breaks along the way to the waterfall. If you are keen enough, you will find some good spots for photo shoots. After a long but fun course, we finally saw the big waterfall from a distance. It is 81 meters high waterfall. Anyway, Grojogan Sewu means a thousand of waterfalls. It’s just a name, don’t take it too serious. If you count them, it will be far from a thousand.

Pose in front of Grojogan Sewu waterfallSome tourists took pictures in front of the waterfall. We did too. I then realized that it is a favorite spot for picture taking, although the view of the waterfall cannot be recorded as beautifully as if taken closely. But don’t even think to bring your camera close the waterfall, unless it is water resistant.

Shortly after, we approached the waterfall. Splashing water made our clothes and belongings immediately damp. So better you remember to bring extra clothes when you go to any waterfall. Anyway, my friends and I kept moving toward the center of the waterfall to feel the sensation under the huge waterfall.

The water was so heavy and fresh. You are even free to scream as loud as you want. The sound of the waterfall will muffle anything. It was such a freedom. One thing that I did not think of at that time is what will happen if there were stones falling from above 🙂

Apart from the nature, Grojogan Sewu Waterfall actually backed by several facilities, such as animal garden, swimming pool, children playground, food stalls, souvenir shops, fruit kiosks, small mosque, horses for rent, etc. I didn’t try them, but it seems interesting. [Photos by Ineke Trimulyani]


Ineke TrimulyaniWritten by Ineke Trimulyani, a copywriter in SAM Design. You may like her other articles:

5 Cents per Word for Speculative Fiction

Memory of the Future (by Raul Cruz)Feel like writing good speculative fiction? This is for you, then. Founded in September 2000, Strange Horizons is a weekly web-based magazine of and about speculative fiction. The term “speculative fiction” refers to what is more commonly known as sci-fi, but which properly embraces science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, slipstream, and a host of sub-genres. They want:

  • Stories that have some literary depth but aren’t boring.
  • Styles that are unusual yet readable.
  • Structures that balance inventiveness with traditional narrative.
  • Characters we can care about.
  • Settings and cultures that we don’t see all the time in speculative fiction.
  • Stories that address political issues in complex and sensitive ways. Continue Reading →

Indonesian Military Terms

Military person communicates each other in specific jargonHave you noticed that the military persons always communicate each other with terms that seem deliberately complicated? Yes, they love very much acronyms and abbreviations. In Indonesia, there has been a widespread use of military acronyms and abbreviations, which facilitates an efficient communication among experts. But meanwhile, it also complicates communication with the public and the international community who are interested to such subject.

Of course, we cannot ask the military people to use common or simpler jargons, due to security reason. So, it’s us who learn their language. That’s why we need a dictionary.

Well, if you happen to like the military spirit in Indonesia, or as a writer you want to deepen understanding about that, I found a good dictionary for you. Kamus istilah-istilah militer. Not a commercial dictionary, luckily. The dictionary was composed neatly and comprehensively by Dr. Ingo Wandelt, an academic specializing in Southeast Asia affiliated with the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Germany.

It’s served in Indonesian and English. So, when you fancy write something with the background of Indonesian military, just start your research here.