SOAS University of London

Production of oral materials for listening skills in Indonesian

Contact: Ben Murtagh
Department: Department of South East Asia, SOAS
Contributors: Ben Murtagh, Teresa Birks, Soe Tjen Marching, Sallehudin bin Abdullah Sani, Rina Setyawati, Fotis Begklis
Link:  Indonesian Listening Materials  


This project produced a body of listening materials accompanied by student worksheets and teacher manuals for beginners, intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced students.


This joint project brought together the experience and expertise of teachers of Indonesian in the Language Centre and the Department of Southeast Asia to create a substantial body of specially written listening materials aimed at adult learners within and outside SOAS. The listening materials, together with accompanying student worksheets and teachers manuals, meet the needs of learners from beginners to advanced levels.

The materials were evaluated in-house by students and teachers; online feedback is also welcome. After one year, the supporting materials were reviewed by the full time members of teaching staff in SOAS.

Aims and Objectives

The project produced ten thematic modules for each level (beginners, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced). Each of the modules consists of materials which develop the following skills:

  • Listening to develop gist
  • Listening for detail
  • Reinforcement of recently introduced vocabulary
  • Reinforcement of recently revised/learnt grammatical/idiomatic structure
  • Practice in listening to everyday conversations
  • Practice in listening to everyday social situations
  • Practice in listening to specific formal situations
  • Practice in listening to different accents


There is a severe shortage of oral materials for adult learners of Indonesian. The materials that do exist are either lacking in support exercises, or are superficial and without structure, or are targeted towards children rather than adult learners. While there are limitations in all aspects of Indonesian teaching materials, the lack of listening materials represents the most urgent and pressing deficiency.

Products, Outputs & Outcomes

The project produced ten thematic modules based on listening activities for each level
(beginners, lower intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced). 

The oral materials are available both on CD and as downloadable material from the internet. Supporting exercises and teachers’ notes are available on the internet.