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Indonesian 1 Beginners


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies


Indonesian Language is an intensive language course for beginners, in which students acquire the basic structures and basic vocabulary of Indonesian, as well as cultural knowledge necessary for effective communication in this language. The course consists of two closely linked components: structure and communication. The Structures is focused on acquiring knowledge of Indonesian grammar and the practical ability to apply this knowledge in oral and written discourse. The Communication is devoted to acquiring practical competence in Indonesian by means of exercises in conversation, oral presentation, comprehension of texts, and writing skills. Indonesian Language is an integrated whole, both components of which mutually support each other.

Course objectives

  • The ability to communicate effectively with limited means in Indonesian cultural

  • Basic knowledge of the vocabulary and word and sentence structures of Indonesia in
    order to be able to speak, read, and write on a simple level, and to be able to understand simple spoken messages.The overall level to be attained in this course for active and receptive language use according to the Common European Framework of Reference is A1.

  • Basic knowledge of the grammar of Indonesian and the ability to apply this knowledge in
    oral and written discourse.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Three two hour tutorials every week

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a tutorial, 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.

Course Load

  • Total course load: 280 hours (10 EC)

  • Attending classes: 72 hours (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks)

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 208 hours

Assessment method

The assessment of Indonesian Language 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 (30% of the overall mark).
3. A written examination at the end of the course (30% of the overall mark).

The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:

  • Reading and writing;

  • Written dialogue;

  • Vocabulary and grammar.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Readings for the Structures component
The learning materials for the Structures component are:

  • Team Alam Bahasa. 2013. Bahasaku: Let’s speak Indonesian 1. Yogyakarta: Alam Bahasa Indonesia.

  • Westi, Erni Catur. 2010. Untaian Bahasa 1. Depok: BIPA UI.

Readings for the Communication component
The learning materials for the Communication component are:

  • The textbook Ayo Ngobrol / Conversational Indonesian, vol. 1, by Ellen Rafferty, Erlin
    Barnard, and Lucy Suharni.

  • 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 through blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.


S. Suryadi, email