Indonesian Language 4 (Postgraduate)
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Indonesian Language 3 (Postgraduate) or equivalent.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…
- knowledge and understanding of advanced Indonesian grammar
- knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Indonesian vocabulary
- knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Indonesian structures and expressions in a given context
- the ability to understand long passages in written Indonesian length on a variety of specialised topics
- the ability to produce long passages in written Indonesian of length on a variety of specialised topics
- the ability to understand spoken Indonesian and to engage in spoken discourse of near native speaker level complexity on everyday and specialised topics
- 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)
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 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.
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%); 4 in-class tests and 4 assessed compositions (5%).
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