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Indonesian 3 (Upper-) Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Indonesian 1 (Beginners) and Indonesian 2 (Pre-Intermediate).


The course Indonesian 3 (Upper-)Intermediate is the third / last course in a series of Indonesian language acquisition courses within the International Studies Program. It will aid further development of Indonesian language skills acquired in Indonesian 2 Pre-Intermediate to an intermediate level. The course systematically expands vocabulary, grammar and language structures, leading to a deeper comprehension of style and usage in Indonesian. The course emphasizes on advanced structures, reading and understanding of variety of oral and written texts, and the development of oral and aural competency in Indonesian.

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. This course enables the student to achieve a good level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in Indonesian, aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Two 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 lower of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first two (2) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending classes: (4 hours per week over 12 weeks) 48 hours

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 86 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.

  • One speaking tests: final test: individual oral presentation.

  • Four listening tests, including the final test.

  • Attendance and in-class participation.


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

  • James Neil Sneddon et al., Indonesian: A Comprehensive Grammar, 2nd ed. London [etc.]: Routledge, 2010. This book must be provided by the students.

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

  • Other materials from newspapers and internet. 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.


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