|Kang Guru Connection Bulletin||July-August 2004
The IKIP Conversation Club in Tuban is an active English Club. Although they are busy as university students they are able to support their club and do many interesting and useful activities.Two of their regular activities are discussions and excursions which are reported below. They are also active listeners of the KGRE program on radio Swara Pantura FM - it is an interactive program too!
Two topics were discussed during February 2004. The first one was ‘What Is A Successful Person?’. The result of their discussion is that a successful person is not only achieving success for himself/herself but for all human beings too. The other topic was ‘Woman, Partner or Housekeeper?’. The discussion ended with the opinion that a woman is a partner but also a housekeeper too. It means that as a woman she has to try to be a good partner for her husband and also for her family even though she maybe a career woman. They think the best result is that a husband also has to be a good partner for his wife and look after his family too.
This Club often visits interesting places and one of them
is Putri Asih Cave which is the biggest cave in Tuban. The cave opens
between 8am - 4pm everyday and the tickets are very reasonable. Getting
inside the cave means using a ladder. The ceiling of the cave is fully
ornamented with ‘stalactites and stalagmites’ spreading across
the entire cave ceiling. They have excellent colours - orange and white
with all of them sparkling like diamonds. Some of them have unique shapes
like a curtain as if waved by the wind. Some of the visitors believe that
the water from the stone can cure disease but there is no real evidence
for that especially in medical circles. There is regulation though that
women who have their period are forbidden to come into the cave.
This Club was firstly founded by Pak Saidiman who is now the President of Buana Pura English Club in Kota Bontang - East Kalimantan. Since joining KGCC in late 2001 this Club has experienced difficulties in maintaining their members and activities. However with hard work and strong committment from some of their members this Club still exists now and regularly sends their CARs to KGCC.
Here are some of their reports and activities:
Dear Kang Guru,
Firstly we would like to apologise because we sent our last CAR late. There are some problems of course. Most senior members have graduated from their study so they are no longer active. To anticipate this problem and since the new members are university students, we elected a new president and vice president from the new members to look after the club. We held a meeting and discussed about regulations and methods of meetings so the members will be disciplined to attend them. We have reached an agreement that club meetings are held every Sunday at 2pm and each member has to pay contribution of Rp 2,000 a month. Some other activities that are conducted during meetings are debate sessions, discussions and games. With the discussion activity we discuss some hot news whether it is local, national or international. We divide the members into two groups and we discuss the pros and cons of the theme that we choose.We usually allocate one hour in every meeting for the Kang Guru magazine and Pouch. Sometimes we invite foreigners to visit us at our club meetings. We also sometimes go with them to visit some interesting places in our town like the King’s statue of Bone, the museum, traditional houses, etc. We are happy with this activity because this usually attracts people’s attention seeing us communicate in English.
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