SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Indonesian Language 4 (PG)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2016/2017
Unit value:
Taught in:
Full Year


Indonesian Language 3 (Postgraduate) or equivalent.

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 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
  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 2 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 10 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 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 course 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 on day 1, term 3 (30%); one oral examination of 20 minutes taken in May/June (15%); 4 in-class tests and 4 assessed compositions (5%).

Suggested reading

  • Johns, Y. Bahasa Indonesia book three: introduction to Indonesian language and culture. Botany, NSW, Periplus.
  • Dr, Yock Fang, Liaw, Dr. Suryadinata, Leo. Essential Indonesian Reading books 1&2. Times book international


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