SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Indonesian Language 1 (PG)

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Full Year

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

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


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