Elementary Indonesian(4 hours)


Fall 2009



Instructor      : Ms. Difiani Apriyanti , Religion Dept., UGA

Class Hours     :  M,Tu,W,Th 8:00-8:50am, Peabody Hall  219A

Office              :  Peabody, room. # 22    

Email               :

Office  Phone  : 542-5356

Office Hours    : Tuesday and Thursday (9:30- 10.30)


Course Description:                                                             

This is an elementary level course stressing oral fluency, written expression, listening and reading comprehension. The objectives of the course are to help students to accomplish the following objectives: 

1.     Ability to speak Indonesian with a good grammar and pronunciation on a variety topics and topics which appear in everyday life in Indonesia in order to comprehend Indonesian culture.

2.     Ability to write Indonesian words, sentences, and paragraphs coherently and accurately

3.     Ability to read Indonesian words and sentences in paragraphs, texts, and books which are about Indonesia life, culture, and custom.

4.     Ability to understand communications in Indonesian and respond verbally and nonverbally in order to know Indonesian habit and attitude.


Attendance and Participation:

All students are expected to attend each class and to focus on the course in class (not on things extraneous to the course). Class attendance is absolutely necessary.

Students will be allowed 4 absences for any reason, including sports and other school or personal events. Such excuses (illness, family problems, etc.) are to be e-mailed to the instructor, but it is completely at his disposal to accept them or not. After the 4 absences, each absence will result in 1% reduction of the final grade.

There will be vocabulary quizzes and lessons quizzes. Please note that no make-up quizzes or tests will be given without a physician’s or dean’s excuse. Late assignments will also result in a 1% reduction of your final grade for this course. The final exam is scheduled for Thursday., Dec 10 at. 8:00 – 11.00am.  This cannot be changed unless you have a total of three exams on that day.

Absolutely no cell phones (or other communication devices) are to be used in class, as these are highly disruptive. This includes silently checking your messages or sending text messages! If you violate this policy, you will be counted as absent for that day without notice. No exceptions!



Studying, Self-testing, and Flashcards:   

Researchers in higher education agree that for students to learn, they need to study at least two hours outside of class for every one hour of class per week. This is particularly true if you want to learn a language.  Since you have four hours of class per week, you should therefore plan to study outside of class at least 8 hours each week for this class.


For language learning, self-testing is a must.  For this, flashcards for vocabulary and points of grammar are a useful method.  In addition, ideally you should get a study partner with whom you can practice speaking.


Keren 1 !


There will be homework assigning for the students in every meeting and also homework using the CD of the textbook. Learning how to work with the CD will be an important part of the success the students have.  In the class, the students are going to hear expressions which most of the time are going to be used. The expressions are ulangi! (repeat), baca! (read), tulis! (write!), terjemahkan! (translate!), mengerti! (understand?),  terima kasih!(thank you!).



 While Learning Indonesian,

ü     Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. It is impossible to learn a language without making them and being corrected.

ü     Use what you learn as soon as you have a chance.

ü     Review previous lessons frequently, and make your own vocabulary notebook which will help you control your learning.

ü     Participate in group repetition in class. It may seem mechanical, but it helps to build the skills needed for individual speech.

ü     Open your mind to the different and to the new. Not only Indonesian, but every language has its own mentality, and comparing it to English will not help. Also try to avoid any prejudices and preconceptions.

ü     Do not let any interruption break the continuity of your involvement with the Indonesian language.

ü     Remember this may lead to an interesting career opportunity one day…

ü     Enjoy yourself!




White, I.J (2002). Keren! Coursebook 1. Sydney: Longman

White, I.J (2002). Keren! Activity Book 1. Sydney: Longman

White, I.J (2002). Keren! Interactive CD. Sydney: Longman


Additional materials will be distributed to the students throughout the session as necessary.



For useful websites see the following:



In the class, the students are going to hear expressions which most of the time are going to be used. The expressions are ulangi! (repeat), baca! (read), tulis! (write), terjemahkan! (translate), mengerti! (understand),  terima kasih!(thank you).



Class Participation and attendance                                                                              10%

Vocabulary quizzes (7@ 2% each)                                                                             14%    

Homework (including flashcards) and writing assignments                                        18%    

Lesson Quizzes (6@ 3% each) each Thursday                                                            18%

Midterms                                                                                                                     15%    

Final Exam                                                                                                                  25%    


Grading: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, and less than 60 = F




Week 1 August 17-20, Chapter 1

·         Introduce Indonesia geographically

·         Kenalkan- Introduction: basic greetings, introductions, terms of address,  names, ages



Week 2 August 24-27, chapter 1

·         Voc Quiz 1

·         Kenalkan- Introduction: indicating possession, numbers, and nationalities



Week 3 August 31, Sept 1-3, chapter 2

·       Lesson Quiz 1

·       Keluarga- Family: structures and relationships, family routines, number beyond 20


Week  4, Sept 8-10, chapter 2

·       Voc Quiz 2

·       Keluarga- Family: offering, accepting, thanking



Week 5 Sept 14-17, chapter 3

·       Lessons Quiz  2

·       Di sekolah-At School: telling the time, days, months, school routines, school subjects, frequencies


Week 6, Sept 21-24, chapter 3

·       Voc Quiz  3

·       Di sekolah-At School: likes, dislikes, hobbies and interests, ordinal numbers, adjectives


Week 7 Sept 28-30, Oct 1, chapter 4

·       Lesson Quiz 3

·       Di Pasar-At the Market: bargaining, colors, money, describing quality, wants and needs, transport


Week 8, Oct 5-8, chapter 4

·       Voc Quiz 4

·       Di Pasar-At the Market: group classifiers, comparatives, superlatives

·       Mid Semester (Thursday, Oct 8)


Week 9 Oct 12-15, chapter 5

·       Lesson Quiz 4

·       Di kantor- At the Office: office hours, office routines, occupations, and careers, ambitions


Week 10, Oct 19-22, chapter 5

·       Voc Quiz 5

·       Di kantor- At the Office:  prepositions di, ke, kepada, prefixes di-, ter-


Week 11  Oct 26-29, chapter 6

·       Lesson Quiz 5

·       Akhir Minggu-Weekend: description, invitation



Week12, Nov 2-5, chapter 6

·       Voc Quiz 6

·       Akhir Minggu-Weekend: pronoun, permission, suggestion


Week 13 Nov 9-12, chapter 7

·    Lesson Quiz 6

·    Di Jakarta- In Jakarta: asking direction, address


Week 14, Nov 16-19, chapter 7

·    Voc Quiz 7

·    Di Jakarta- In Jakarta: preposition sampai



Week 15, Nov 30 and Dec 1-3

·       Review


FINAL TEST,  Dec 10 (Thursday ) at 8.00am-11.00am




Note: If any difficulties arise, please do not hesitate to speak with the instructor. If that does not solve your difficulty, please consult the Critical Languages FLTA supervisor, Dr. Godlas,  (Associate Professor, Religion Dept.; and Director, Virtual Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Islamic World)   


Honesty Policy: The UGA Academic Honesty Policy will be followed. In other words, all academic work must meet the standards contained in "A Culture of Honesty." Students are responsible for informing themselves about those standards before performing any academic work. The link to more detailed information about academic honesty can be found at

Changes to this Syllabus: The instructor reserves the right to make any changes to this syllabus. The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary. Changes will be posted on WebCT.