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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Indonesian Language 2 (Postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PSEC033
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Indonesian Language 1 (Postgraduate) or equivalent.

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 intermediate Indonesian grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Indonesian vocabulary. About 2300 words should be known by the end of the course
  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 passages in written Indonesian of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce passages in written Indonesian of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Indonesian and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised 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 3 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 teaching and learning of intermediate level Indonesian language. This course aims to strengthen the competence Indonesian language abilities of those students who have already studied Indonesian at an elementary level. 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. In addition to revising and strengthening understanding and application of basic grammatical structures, further grammatical forms are introduced. Students will be introduced to Jakarta colloquialisms. By the end of the year student should have a knowledge of around 2300 words.

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.

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 20 minutes taken in May/June (15%); regular coursework (5%).

Suggested reading

  • Kay, Gwyllam, Rachmat Jatni. Bersama Senior: Thomson Nelson
  • Johns, Y. Bahasa Indonesia book two: introduction to Indonesian language and culture. Botany, NSW, Periplus.
  • Johns, Y. Bahasa Indonesia book two: introduction to Indonesian language and culture. Botany, NSW, Periplus.