Faculty of Cultural Studies

Universitas Brawijaya


05-Jul-2018 admin Warta FIB

Students of French Language and Literature Study Program are conducting fieldwork practice guiding French tourists in the area of Ijen Crater

Tourism is one of the courses in the curriculum of Study Program of French Language and Literature Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB). In French language learning, this course belongs to the category of FOS (Français pour Objectif Spécifique) or Specific French, in this case, is tourism. In FCS UB Academic Book, it is described that aside from tourism business, this course also aims to provide experience to students about the use of French in the context of tourism in Indonesia and in France, as an agent and a tour guide. Students are introduced to relevant terms in spoken and written communication (FCS UB Academic Handbook, 2016: 111).

In order to improve the oral abilities (listening and speaking) of Tourism, this year the class of Tourism conducts a fieldwork in tourists guiding. This fieldwork practice aims to provide direct supplies of techniques and guiding ways to guide students taking French Tourism courses. The destinations for French Tourism field practice this time were Savana Baluran-Savana Bekol and Ijen Crater Banyuwangi. These tourist spots were chosen with consideration of the many foreign tourists who visit these places especially French tourists so that the students could practice guiding.

Fieldwork practice 2018 was attended by 54 students accompanied by the lecturer of the course Roosi Rusmawati, M.Si. as well as the companion Ria Yuliati, MA. This fieldwork practice was conducted in 2 places for 2 days on 5-6 May 2018. Fieldwork practice 1 was on Saturday May 5th, 2018 in Savana Baluran-Savana Bekol Banyuwangi, while fieldwork practice 2 was on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at Ijen Crater of Banyuwangi.

Fieldwork practice 1 was done in Savana Baluran-Savana Bekol Banyuwangi. Baluran National Park (BNP) is one of the 5 oldest national parks in Indonesia with an area of 25,000 hectares. Savana Baluran located in Wonorejo Village, Banyuputih Subdistrict, Situbondo Regency. It is a combination of various landscapes of marine ecosystem, savanna to mountains, and the largest natural savanna in Java (10,000 hectares) which is often referred to as Africa van Java or Little Africa.

The name of this national park was taken from the name of the mountain in the area which is ​​Mount Baluran. As far as the eye could see, it was a barren land, dry trees and rocks. Wildlife that lives in this national park is a deer, buffalo, bull, long-tailed monkeys and peacocks. Plants in this national park are as many as 511 species, among which there are native plants that are unique and interesting namely Widoro Bukol, Mimba, and Pilang. In Baluran there are 26 species of mammals, including bull, buffalo, coyote, antelope, deer, leopard, and mangrove cat. A total of 234 birds also rely on this forest. Among the animals, Bull (Bos Javanicus) became the mascot of Baluran national park.

Savana Bekol is one of nature’s main savannah Baluran with an area of ​​300 hectares. Savana Bekol is the widest natural savanna in Java with Baluran Mountain background (info: Baluran Park Hall Brosur). In Savana Baluran-Savana Bekol, French Language and Literature students of Tourism class carry out guiding practice (tour guide) with countries/foreign tourists especially French tourists.

Fieldwork practice 2 was done in Ijen Crater Banyuwangi. Ijen is a large and beautiful crater located on Mount Ijen, border of Bondowoso and Banyuwangi, East Java. The crater with a depth of about 200 meters and an area of about 5,466 hectares becomes an attraction for domestic and foreign tourists. One of the mainstays of Ijen Crater is a burst of blue fire which is one of two locations in the world besides Iceland. To see the blue fire, the tourists must climb the crater Ijen first with the height of the crater is about 2,443 meters from sea level. In addition, in Mount Ijen, tourists can also see the beautiful sunrise process. In the area of Ijen Crater, students of French Language and Literature of Tourism Class carry out guiding practice (tour guide) 2 with countries/foreign tourists, especially French tourists.

Dr. Roosi Rusmawanti, M.Si. a lecturer of French Language and Literature Study Program of Tourism Course FCS UB 2017/2018 stated that fieldwork practice guiding is very important especially for French Tourism class. By the practice of this fieldworks, it is expected to improve the ability of oral skills (listening and speaking) of French of Tourism especially French Students of Tourism Class. In addition, she also stated that with the existence of this field practice, it is expected to provide the basics of guiding techniques (tour guide). “Hopefully, by the holding of fieldwork practice guiding (tour guide), the ability of French language and the ability to guiding (tour guide) students, especially students of French Language and Literature Program is increasing”, said Dr. Roosi Rusmawanti, M.Si. (PS.Prc/MH/DT/MSH/PSIK FIB)