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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Indonesian Language 1 (Postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PSEC032
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  1. knowledge and understanding of basic Indonesian grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of essential Indonesian vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Indonesian structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Indonesian on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short compositions in written Indonesian on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Indonesian and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  7. knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Indonesian in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 5.5 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. An additional 6 hours will be spent in lectures and a further 6 hours will be spent in seminars/tutorials over the 22 week period.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides an introduction to standard Indonesian language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Indonesian. All of the more important grammatical features of the language are introduced. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues and readings dealing with a range of everyday situations, including travelling, buying, selling, eating in restaurants and family life.

The course provides students with a basic knowledge of Indonesian and practice of using Indonesian in a variety of everyday situations. It 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.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one 3,000 word essay to be submitted on Friday, week 1, term 3 (30%); one oral examination of 15 minutes taken in May/June (15%); 4 in-class tests throughout the course (5%).

Suggested reading

  • Johns, Y. Bahasa Indonesia book one: introduction to Indonesian language and culture. Botany, NSW, Periplus.