SOAS University of London

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

Indonesian Language 1 (PG)

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Full Year

PLEASE NOTE: This module will be divided into two 15-credit modules next academic year (i.e Language A and Language B). The overall objectives and outcomes for the year will not change. There may be some slight changes to the formal assessment. Students will be required to take a written test in the last week of Term 1 and should therefore not plan to be absent from SOAS at this time.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, 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


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

This module 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 module 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.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); a 2,000 word portfolio of marked homework, translation or essay agreed with the convenor to be submitted in week 1, term 3 (30%); one oral examination of 15 minutes taken in May/June (15%); in-class tests throughout the course (5%).

Suggested reading

Online Textbook: 
Secondary Material: 
  • Ellen Raferty. Let’s Speak Indonesia, Book 1. 
  • S Robson & Kurniasih. Basic Indonesian. 
  • Christopher Byrnes. Teach Yourself: Complete Indonesian
  • James Sneddon: Understanding Indonesian Grammar
  • Echols and Shadily: An English Indonesian Dictionary
My Languages: Learn Indonesian 
Listening Materials:


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