SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Indonesian Beginners Course

Duration: 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 20 hours blended learning. Each term courses are subject to quorum requirements.

  • Overview
  • Structure

Overview

Featured events

Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.

Course Aim

This course provides a thorough introduction to Indonesian. It covers typical themes of grammar vocabulary and cultural contexts of the language. You will develop an understanding of the main standard features of pronunciation, how to read and write and to build up basic knowledge about the Indonesian language as well as basic awareness of the culture, and society where the language is spoken. As the course progresses, it aims to provide you with further confidence and vocabulary to discuss more complex topics, write and read more challenging texts in the language. 

Method

The course is taught in Indonesian and English with coverage of the four key skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and a good balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar. Students are encouraged to start speaking the language from the outset, and exercises are set that require pair work and group activities. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page for the Collaborate Session Preparation and Checklist, Required Equipment & Software.

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

For the first stage of Indonesian Beginners (i.e. Indonesian Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Beginners 2 or 3 you should have completed Beginners 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours per each sub-level). The progression route from Indonesian Beginners 1 is to Indonesian Beginners 2; from Beginners 2 to Beginners 3.

Material

Course materials will be provided by the tutor with recommendations and access to various online resources.

Timetable Information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/enrolment/
Related Information

See more information on the Indonesian language and courses in Indonesian offered at SOAS Language Centre on the Indonesian Language Homepage.

Back to Language Centre Homepage

Structure

Indonesian Beginners 1 

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Greet and introduce yourself
  • Exchange personal information: name, nationality
  • Talk about jobs and professions
  • Use numbers (0-1 billion; fractions and ordinal numbers)
  • Talk about your family
  • Use colours
  • Ask and tell the time
  • Use days of the week and months of the year
  • Talk about times and routines in school, offices
  • Indicate frequency
  • Identify and use vocabulary related to food
  • Bargain (when buying food)
  • Talk about leisure and activities you like doing
  • Make comparisons
  • Develop an understanding of Indonesian culture
Indonesian Beginners 2 

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Identify body parts
  • Describe people
  • Make a conversation in a hospital / doctor – patient context 
  • Give and ask for directions
  • Invite someone to join in an activity
  • Inquire information about a tourist spot 
  • Make a conversation in tour company – customer context
  • Plan an itinerary for a trip 
  • Compare product’s quality and features
  • Bargain (buying clothes and items in a market)
  • Develop an understanding of Indonesian culture
Indonesian Beginners 3 

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Retell something that happened in the past 
  • Describe events in the present
  • Talk about something that will or could happen in the future
  • Talk about dreams and aspirations
  • Talk about projects
  • Describe a memorable event 
  • Narrate an event using different perspectives
  • Make conversations on the topics covered in beginners 1 and 2 courses using more advanced vocabularies
  • Develop an understanding of Indonesian culture

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.

Disclaimer