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Indonesian 1: Beginners


Admission requirements

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


Indonesian I 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: Structures 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
contexts *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, additional assignments 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 weekly homework for both the Structures and Communication components (this counts for 40% of the overall mark). Students must do the homework individually. No submissions will be marked 0; Late submissions will not be assessed but they will be marked 4; 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. The resit is only for the student received an overall mark for the entire course of “5” or lower, and has participated in the written and oral exam. As written exam, the resit is 30% of the overall mark.


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

*James Neil Sneddon, Indonesian: a comprehensive grammar, 2nd ed. London and New York: Routledge (2010). This book must be provided by the students. *Other materials will be provided by the tutor.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. S. Suryadi, email


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