SOAS University of London

South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Indonesian Language 4

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year


Indonesian Language 3 (Year Abroad).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  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


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The module 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 module allows students to interact with Indonesian speakers in Indonesian and to use original Indonesian language sources within the level covered in the module. 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.


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