I was born in Kedungjati, Central Java, Indonesia and went to Yogyakarta to do my degree in English Literature, Education, and Language Teaching Methodology at the University of Yogyakarta .
I obtained my B.A. (Hons) with a thesis which examined the correlation between the learner’s perception and attitude toward the culture of the target language (English) and their academic achievement in language learning.
In 1994 I was invited to work as an Indonesian Guest Teacher in northern Tasmanian Schools and at the University of Tasmania for twelve months where I visited about 40 schools and lived with 18 different families. I then continued working as Indonesian teacher and dancer for several schools and the University while completing my M.Ed in Applied Linguistics, TESOL and LOTE at the University of Tasmania. I completed my Master Research Project on age, gender and foreign language learning strategy: a study case of Indonesian students in Tasmania University, before taking up an academic position at the Indonesian Studies, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University. Currently I am working on my PhD research focussing on Javanese language teaching at schools and Young Javanese in Yogyakarta.
Writing and performing poetry is my other major interest. I write in Javanese, Indonesian and English. I have published 3 books of poetry on Gender, Politics and Sexuality and is currently working on my 4th book. I am a Co-Founder and Editor of IJIS (International Journal of Indonesian Studies), a new online, inter-disciplinary journal dedicated to the publication and promotion of early career researchers from Indonesia whose work focuses on Indonesian issues and subjects/topics.
Outside teaching and studying, I have an active role as regular speaker and presenter at VILTA (Victorian Indonesian Teachers Association) conference & workshop, regular presenter for Indonesian Teachers Workshop run by the Department of Education), SBS Radio – Indonesian Program and ‘Radio Kita’, Indonesian Ethnic Radio Community in Victoria.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Yogyakarta
Master of Education, University of Tasmanina
Currently undertaken – PhD, Linguistic Department, Monash University