SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Indonesian Language 1 (PG)

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, 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
  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)


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week. A total of 20 hours of research seminars to be taken within SOAS.  Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

The course 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 course 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 3,000 word (or equivalent) translation to be submitted in term 3 (30%); one oral examination of 15 minutes taken in May/June (15%); 4 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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