SOAS University of London

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

Indonesian Language 3 (PG)

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year


Indonesian Language 2 (Postgraduate) or equivalent.

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 higher intermediate Indonesian grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Indonesian vocabulary. About 2800 words should be known by the end of the course
  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 passages in written Indonesian of medium length on everyday and specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce long passages in written Indonesian of medium length on everyday and specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Indonesian and to engage in spoken discourse of more advanced complexity on everyday and specialised topic


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week consisting of language classes.

Scope and syllabus

This module provides teaching and learning of upper intermediate level Indonesian language. It aims to strengthen the competence Indonesian language abilities of those students who have already studied Indonesian at a lower intermediate level. 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 more sophisticated levels of expression. Students will be further exposed to Jakarta colloquialisms. By the end of the year student should have a knowledge of around 2800 words. Students will be taught how to adjust their language to varying degrees of formality and to comprehend colloquial 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 (60%) and an oral exam (20%) taken in May/June; a 1,500 word essay to be submitted on Day 1 of Term 3 (10%); 4 compositions written during the year and 4 class tests (10%).

Suggested reading

  • Kay, Gwyllam, Rachmat Jatni. Bersama Senior: Thomson Nelson
  • Johns, Y. Bahasa Indonesia book two: introduction to Indonesian language and culture. Botany, NSW, Periplus.


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