Needs Assessment for Buru Language Training


One of the indigenous communities on Buru Island, Maluku, East Indonesia, that uses the Buru language as its native language of communication is now extinct. The Buru language, which is part of the Austronesian language, is spoken by approximately 45,000 people on the island of Buru, with a current population of 136,757. At least, there are some factors that cause the Buru language to decline: First, the language's vital entity has declined and is in critical extinction. Second, the conversation that takes place in the family is not entirely in the Buru language but in Indonesian. Finally, there are limited human resources. The way to respond to this is to implement Buru language training. This training activity will begin with an analysis of training needs. The aim is to identify gaps in the use of the Buru language as well as the competencies needed to improve its usage. Therefore, this study will use the Delphi method in the analysis phase of training needs. In its implementation, Indigenous Buru leaders, Buru language teachers, and the Buru cultural community were used as samples to ask their opinions by answering questionnaires.The results show that there is the need for a training program to preserve the Buru language, which should focus on improving the language proficiency of the Buru people and can be carried out online. The program should emphasize the practical use of the language in everyday life, creative learning methods, and specialized language teachers.

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Nurbaya Pulhehe, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia
Riche Cynthia Johan, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: SEACE2024
Stream: Language Development & Literacy

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Pulhehe N., & Johan R. (2024) Needs Assessment for Buru Language Training ISSN: 2435-5240 The Southeast Asian Conference on Education 2024: Official Conference Proceedings
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