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Indonesian 1 Beginners


Admission requirements

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


Indonesian 1 (Beginners) is the first course in a series of Indonesian language acquisition courses within the International Studies Program. It enables students to achieve a good level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), provides the basic structures and basic vocabulary of Indonesian, as well as cultural knowledge necessary for effective communication in this language. The Structures part is focused on acquiring knowledge of Indonesian grammar and the practical ability to apply this knowledge in oral and written discourse. The Communication part 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.

Course objectives

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

  • Elementary knowledge of the vocabulary and word and sentence structures of Indonesian in order to be able to speak, read, listen 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 (CEFR) is A1.

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

  • Be familiar with related cultural information about Indonesia and the Malay world/Southeast Asia, such as greetings, clothes, foods, society, religion, social etiquettes etc.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first three (3) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:

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

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 202 hours

  • Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 6 hours

Assessment method


  • Four reading tests, including the final test.

  • Four writing tests (grammar and vocabulary), including the final test.

  • Four speaking tests, including the final test.

  • Four listening tests, including the final test.

  • Attendance and in-class participation.


Partial Grade Weighing
Reading 20%
Writing 20%
Speaking 20%
Listening 20%
Participation 20%

End grade

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 exams.


If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.


Blackboard will be used for tutorial groups. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard for this course, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

  • Dwi Noverini Djenar, A Student’s Guide to Indonesian Grammar, Oxford: Oxford University Australia, 2003.

  • George Quinn and Uli Kozok, The Indonesian Way.

  • Text 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 can be found here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. S. Suryadi

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.


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

This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.