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Indonesian 3 (Upper-)Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Successful completion Indonesian 2a.


Indonesian 3 (5 ECTS) is the third part of the intensive language course for beginners where students continue to learn Indonesian structures and vocabulary, as well as cultural knowledge that is necessary for effective communication in this language. This course is a continuation of Indonesian 1 and Indonesia 2a. As Indonesian 1 and Indonesian 2a, the course Indonesian 3 consists of two closely linked components: Structures and Communication. The Structures class focuses on acquiring knowledge of Indonesian grammar and the practical ability to apply this knowledge in oral and written discourse. The Communication class is devoted to acquiring practical competence in Indonesian by means of exercises in conversation, oral presentation, comprehension of texts, and writing skills. Indonesian 3 is an integrated whole, both components of which mutually support each other. It is not possible to follow the Structures and Communication classes separately.

Course objectives

Increasing the active and passive proficiency and the using of different affixes, with particular emphasis on expansion of vocabulary and gaining insight into different language situations. The student gains a better insight in subtle semantic differences due to new vocabulary in context. Additionally, the student receives a better idea of colloquial Indonesian. The level to be achieved is B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference.


The timetable will be available on the BA International Studies website this autumn.

Mode of instruction


Attending the seminar is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a seminar, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Assessment method

The assessment of Indonesian 3 consists of the following elements:
1. Marks for the written homework for both the Structures and Communication
components (this counts for 40% of the overall mark). No submissions will be marked 0; Late submissions will be assessed but they will be marked 2; No mid-term exam.
2. An oral examination at the end of the course (20% of the overall mark).
3. A written examination at the mid and at the end of the course (20% of the overall mark).


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

  • Team Alam Bahasa. 2013. Bahasaku: Let’s speak Indonesian 3. Yogyakarta: Alam Bahasa Indonesia.
    • Westi, Erni Catur. 2010. Untaian Bahasa 3. Depok: BIPA UI.
    • Sneddon, James Neil. 1996. Indonesian: a comprehensive grammar. London & New York: Routledge.
    • Other material taken from different sources, for example Internet, journals, newspapers, etc.

Reading books and other materials will be prepared by instructor. They will be handed out during the class or thorough blackboard.


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.