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Indonesian Language 1


Admission requirements



Indonesian Language 1 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 weekly Structures class is focused on acquiring knowledge of Indonesian grammar and the practical ability to apply this knowledge in oral and written discourse. We also attend to the history of Indonesian. The weekly Communication class is devoted to acquiring practical competence in Indonesian by means of exercises in conversation, oral presentation, comprehension of texts, and writing skills.

Indonesian Language 1 is an integrated whole, both components of which mutually support each other. It is not possible to follow the Structures and Communication classes separately.

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

  • Knowledge of the social history of the Indonesian language



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and active participation are mandatory.

Course Load

Total course load for the course: 280 hours.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 80 hours.

  • Approximate time for studying Sneddon 2003 (on the history of the Indonesian language): 30 hours

  • Approximate time for preparing for classes by studying the course materials and memorizing and revising the vocabulary: 100 hours

  • Approximate time for completing the homework: 40 hours

  • Approximate time for writing the assignments on Sneddon 2003: 30 hrs

Assessment method

The assessment of Indonesian Language 1 consists of the following elements:

  1. Marks for the weekly written homework for both the Structures and Communication components (this counts for 40% of the overall mark). The homework must be submitted through Blackboard at least 24 hours before the beginning of the class concerned. Late submissions will receive a mark of “1”. Students must do the homework individually.
    1. Two written assignments concerning Sneddon 2003 (for a total of 20% of the overall mark). Both assignments will have the form of a short essay. They will be made available through Blackboard during the course of the semester. The completed assignments must be submitted within one week via Blackboard. Late submissions will receive a mark of “1”. Students must do these assignments individually.
    2. An oral examination at the end of the course (20% of the overall mark).
    3. A written examination at the end of the course (20% of the overall mark).

To pass the course, students must have contributed actively to at least 75% of class meetings and receive an overall mark for the course of 5.50 (=6) or higher.

A resit exam is possible only for element (4), and only if the student participated in the first written exam and received an overall mark for the entire course of 5.49 (=5) or lower.

The course is an integrated whole. All categories must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.


Blackboard is used for:

  • announcements

  • course materials

  • making available of homework and assignments

  • submission of homework and assignments by students

Blackboard serves as the primary means of communication about the course between instructors and students outside class meetings. Registration for the course on Blackboard is essential

Reading list

Readings for the Structures component

  • Rafferty, Ellen, Molly Burns, and Shintia Argazali-Thomas. 2014. Asyik berbahasa Indonesia, jilid 1 / Indonesian grammar through communicative activities, vol. 1, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press.

  • Sneddon, James. 2003. The Indonesian Language: Its History and Role in Modern Society, Sydney: UNSW Press. [240 pp.]

Readings for the Communication component

  • Rafferty, Ellen, Molly Burns, and Shintia Argazali-Thomas. 2014. Let’s Speak Indonesian: Ayo Berbahasa Indonesia, vol. 1, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press.


Students are required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.

Interested students from the MA Asian Studies need to contact the secretariat by e-mail clearly giving the course code and their student ID number to get registered for this course.

Registration Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs


Dhr. Dr. A.T.P.G. van Engelenhoven
Dhr. Drs. S. Suryadi