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West-East Debate in Bahasa Indonesia Part 2


Lomba Debat Bahasa Indonesia

West-East Debate in Bahasa Indonesia (WEDBI) II

Collaboration between Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia (KBRI, Washington, DC) and Consortium for the Teaching of Indonesian (COTI)

WEDBI II picks up the baton passed from the first debate in October 2016. The event constitutes a forum for junior and senior Indonesianists from universities across the US to express their opinions in formal Indonesian. The event celebrates Bahasa Indonesia as the unifying language of the Indonesian nation living in the world’s largest archipelago of over 17,000 islands. It also channels academic critiques towards the efforts of the current Working Cabinet in maritime development throughout the archipelago.


WEDBI II, April 8, 2017, Embassy of Republic of Indonesia, Washington, DC

5:00 – 7:30PM Debates

7:30 – 8:30PM Dinner and Winner Announcements

The event is open to the public.


Motion Statement

Indonesia: Negara Maritim, Bukan Agraris

Indonesia: A Maritime, Not Agricultural Country



Each speaker presents a three-minute speech (prepared in advance). After the three-minute presentation, the judges assign two questions from other speakers in the same category.


Speaker Categories

Category 1: Non-Native Intermediate Speakers (equivalent to 3-4 regular semesters of instruction)

Category 2: Non-Native Advanced Speakers (equivalent to 5 or more regular semesters of instruction)

Category 3: Heritage Speakers (if grown up outside Indonesia)

A statement from an official Indonesian language tester or instructor, attesting to a speaker’s category, must be sent to the COTI contact in advance. There is a limit of two contestants from each institution.


Prizes: Awarded to the first and second place and the best questioner in each category.

RSVP by: Friday, March 10th, 2017

For more information: KBRI ( or COTI (