Learning Bahasa Indonesia through culinary


A total of 23 foreign students from 8 countries held a Nations Culinary Event or Ajang Kuliner Bangsa-Bangsa (AKBB) 3rd, at the Balai Bahasa, Campus of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) Jl. Dr. Setiabudhi No. 229 Bandung, Thursday (25/2).
“Through AKBB, we build a harmonious synergy to strengthen the bond among nations. The relationship or bond is built through culinary, since the culinary introduced by foreign students is a cultural product of each country,” said the Head of Balai Bahasa UPI Dr. Wachyu Sundayana, M.A.
Those involved are foreign students in the BIPA program who study at UPI, he explained. The BIPA program (Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing / Bahasa Indonesia for Foreign Speakers) was a program of learning aimed to learn the proficiencies of Bahasa Indonesia, such as speaking, writing, reading, and listening for foreign speakers.

Further, he said, UPI put AKBB as a BIPA learning, because in the event they were required to use Bahasa Indonesia to communicate in explaining his culinary products. It was also a means of evaluating or testing the proficiencies of Bahasa Indonesia.

“Particularly in UPI, we not only teach language proficiencies, but also we are encouraged to introduce the culture, because foreign or international students will be only able to communicate well through the studied cultures. One of the cultures studied is displaying their own typical cuisine, because the food is part of the culture, “he explained.

For UPI, BIPA program was a means of strengthening the good relations among nations through the cross of cultures from all around the world, because the participants came from Asia, America, to Europe, such as Korea, Germany, Japan, USA, Australia, Poland, Thailand, Malaysia and other countries. Secondly, this is one of the implementation of UPI visions and missions as a World Class University in Education and a part of UPI strategies for internationalization program. Thirdly, the program is an ‘in country training’ program, learning Bahasa Indonesia along with its cultures which was regularly held once a year. UPI also provided Bahasa Indonesia course for expatriates.
Translated by Ade Abdul Munir
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