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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Indonesian Language 4

Course Code:
155901024
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Indonesian Language 3 (Year Abroad).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  1. knowledge and understanding of advanced Indonesian grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Indonesian vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Indonesian structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand long passages in written Indonesian length on a variety of specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce long passages in written Indonesian of length on a variety of specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Indonesian and to engage in spoken discourse of near native speaker level complexity on everyday and specialised topics

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week divided in a one hour class focusing on grammar and word usage and the two-hour class will focus on composition, reading and oral work.

Scope and syllabus

The course consolidates and further extends the Indonesian language abilities of those students who have already studied Indonesian to a higher intermediate level, and who have most probably already spent an extended period of time in Indonesia. Emphasis is on the written style, but time is also given for oral and listening work, using a range of audio-visual materials including Indonesian films and documentaries. Complex grammatical forms are introduced, together with sophisticated levels of expression. Students will be further exposed to Jakarta and other regional colloquialisms. Students will be taught how to adjust their language to varying degrees of formality and to comprehend all levels of Indonesian spoken at near native speed.

The course allows students to interact with Indonesian speakers in Indonesian and to use original Indonesian language sources within the level covered in the course. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Indonesian language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Indonesian.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written exam taken in May/ June (60%); one oral exam taken in May/June (20%); one 2,000 word essay submitted on Day 1 of Term 3 (10%); 4 compositions written during the year and 4 class tests (10%).

Suggested reading

  • Sneddon, James N. 1996. Indonesian a comprehensive grammar. London: Routledge. 
  • Liaw Yock Fang and Leo Suryadinata 2000. Essential Indonesian Readings: a learner’s guide 2. Singapore: Times Books.