Baby Shark

I’ve been looking at the Baby shark YouTube clips and wracking my brain how to adapt them to comprehensible Indonesian,  i.e. using minimal new vocabulary. There are a couple of Indonesian versions and my  favourite one is this one:

While I love most about this clip is that it is in Indonesian! However, the pace is little too fast for my junior primary students and it uses language that I would rarely use in a classroom context e.g. berburu (hunt), selasai (I prefer to use sudah), aman (selamat would be a better choice from a TCI perspective). I do like the use of ‘Ayah’ though, which is definitely more common than ‘Bapak’ these days.

Then this morning, I found this brilliant Spanish version and just love the simple language it uses.


Incorporating the simple language and the slow pace of the Spanish version, I have attempted to create a song video based on the following lyrics which I believe are more appropriate for my junior primary students:

Bayi hiu
Ibu hiu
Ayah hiu
Nenek hiu
Kakek hiu
Hiu lapar
Ikan kecil
Berenang cepat
Sampai jumpa!

If you would like to see the video, inbox me on Facebook and I’ll send you a link. As it is not 100% my own creation, I can not publicly list the video!! I also need to prewarn you about my not so wonderful singing ability!




Black Box Videos

Below is a video which I highly recommend if you are interested in learning and understanding more about Krashen’s hypotheses which underpins Teaching with Comprehensibvle Input.

Videocast 3 – The Comprehensible Input Hypothesis

The above videocast is the third in a series and below are the first two in the series:

videocast 2 – Mental Representation & Skill

videocast 1- Methodological Principles for Language Teaching

Where To Find Comprehensible Input Inspiration & Information 

I love reading other peoples blogs and get so much inspiration from them all and it is time to both acknowledge and share with you a selection of the blogs I follow and in doing so recommend that you start following them too!! 

The top two that are always my first ‘go-to’, are Ben Slavic’s and Martina Bex’s. They are both so comprehensive and up to date. It is so easy to get lost following threads linked to threads collecting inspiration and information along the way.

Ben Slavic’s WordPress Blog requires the payment of a minimal monthly fee – money well spent in my opinion. It is both a forum and a collection of resources where both newbie TCI teachers and highly experienced TCI teachers ‘meet’ to discuss aspects of CI. The conversations on this blog are fascinating and the support I have received has been awesome. It was here that I met Catharina, my incredible mentor.  


Martina Bex’s The Comprehensible Classroom is a comprehesive collection of all things related to TCI. It is an amazing blog/website with a vast range of ideas and activities and even though there is a Spanish and largely secondary focus, it is easy to search for lessons and activities which are suited or can be adapted for primary Indonesian. Martina can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook where she uploads recent and archived posts.   



There are also many other CI blogs that I follow. The below blogs are ones that supplemented and provided another perspective along my TCI journey and will hopefully be helpful for you too. I recommend you look through them and find a few to follow yourself. You can either have their latest posts emailed to you or add them to your reader in WordPress.

  1. Kristin Duncan is a Canadian years 5-12 teacher. Her blog/website is TPRSteacher. Here you can find a great selection of resources for a wide range of languages.   
  2. Another real gem is the Latin Best Practices: Comprehensible Input Resources wordpress blog.  While it states that it is for Latin Teachers, I can reasssure you that like all the others, this is a treasure trove of resources and research. 
  3.  Crystal Barragan is a secondary Spanish teacher and while she doesn’t post that often (her most recent post was Nov 2014), when she does, they are well worth reading. Her blog roll is awesome and includes many TCI legends. Well worth fossicking around here.   
  4. Bryce Hedstrom has a website and it too is well worth exploring.  
  5. Senor Fernie  is a kindegarten to year 8 Spanish teacher who made the transition to TCI this school year too, so his blog is relevant and compelling for many reasons. 
  6. Haiyun’s blog Ignite Chinese is also an amazing place to while away a few hours!! It is refreshing to read posts written by a CI teacher who also teaches an Asian language even though the Chinese and Indonesian languages have little in common! 
  7. Michel Baker’s TPRS & Beyond is another I follow as Michel is also an elementary Languages teacher. 

While perusing the above sites, I highly recommend you look carefully at their blog rolls and search through the blogs they also follow. Occasionally I have discovered a terrific blog that somehow escaped my notice up till then! Finding your own blog in the blog roll is a blast! 


Indonesian early readers captivate kids and teachers

Ayo! Let's go!

Michelle Dudley, the Australian author of the Our Jakarta Series that was reviewed in an earlier post, graciously agreed to answer my questions about how her series of 30 books came about.

What inspired you to write the Our Jakarta Series? Had you written other books before (or since)?

Michelle Dudley, Yangon, February 2015 Michelle Dudley, Yangon, February 2015

Our Jakarta Series bilingual box setI taught at the British International School Jakarta (BIS) in their very first pre-school in 1993 and 1994 and again from 2003 to 2007, initially part time, then full time in Reception and in Pre-School. The school has a strong focus on early literacy and as a teacher of young children I was always trying to find ways to inspire, challenge and connect real life experiences and the printed word with the young children from many nationalities in my class. The school also had a policy whereby the classroom teacher had to listen to each child read every…

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