This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
Indonesian 1 Beginners is the first course in a series of Indonesian language acquisition courses within the International Studies programme. It enables the students to achieve a good level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), provides them the basic structures and basic vocabulary of Indonesian, as well as cultural knowledge necessary for effective communication in this language. 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 1 Beginners is an integrated whole, both components of which mutually support each other.
The course enables students to achieve a good level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). They have basic ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way and comprehend elementary knowledge of basic grammar of Indonesian.
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.;
Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, his/her family, people he/she knows, and things he/she has;
Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help;
Can recognize familiar name, words and very basic phrases on simple notices in the most common everyday situations.
Mode of instruction
Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. With online education, it is more important than ever to maintain communication and stay in touch with your study groups. For this reason, if you are unable to attend a session, it is required that you inform your tutor in advance. Please note that being absent at any tutorial session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the tutor.
Written (grammar), reading, listening and speaking (oral) exams
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.
The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.
If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (exams, quizzes, Midterm Exam and Final Exam). No resit for the tutorial (participation and homework) is possible.
Exam review and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Dwi Noferini Djenar. A Student’s Guide to Indonesian Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Sutanto Atmosumarto. Colloquial Indonesian: a complete language course. London & New York: Routledge, 1994.
Indonesian Way (online: https://indonesianway.com/learn/online/: Module 4
Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.
Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Please use your University email-address (uMail) when communicating with any person or department within Leiden University.
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.