Intermediate Indonesian


Fall 2009 (3 hours)



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

Class Hours     :  M,W,F 10:10-11:00 am, Journalism 508

Office              :  Peabody, room. # 22    

Email               :

Office Phone   : 542-5356

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


Course Description:                                                             

This is continuation of Elementary Indonesian I and II.  This is an intermediate level course stressing oral fluency, written expression, listening and reading comprehension. This course is the continuation of Elementary Indonesian I and II. The objectives of the course are to help students to accomplish the following objectives: 

1.     Ability to speak Indonesian fluently 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 especially about Indonesian culture and custom.

3.     Ability to read Indonesian texts

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 writing, presentation, discussion and also homework in this course. All the activities will be scored. The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec 16  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 three 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.


 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 3&4. 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), Maju ke depan! (go infront of the class!), presentasikan! (present it please!).



Class Participation and attendance                                                                              10%

Presentation                                                                                                                 14%    

Homework (including flashcards) and writing assignments                                        18%    

Writing Task                                                                                                   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 17-19-21)

·         Introducing the syllabus


Week 2 (August 24-26-28) Topik 1, Geografi dan Iklim di Indonesia

·         Describing the weather

·         Enquiring about seasons

·         Asking what to take

·         Geografi dan iklim di Indonesia

·         Reading basic weather forecasts


Week 3 (August 31, Sept 2-4),  Topik 1, Geografi dan Iklim di Indonesia

·       Drawing comparisons using “kalau dibandingkan dengan"

·       Enquiring about and indicating location

·       Using the phrase ‘… in general, and in  particular’

·       Using the phrase ‘first of all…’

·       Comparing seasons in Australia with those in Indonesia



Week  4 (Sept 9-11) Topik 2, Musik di Indonesia

·       Asking what (or who) people are looking for, saying what (or who) you are looking for

·       Setting out and writing an informal letter

·       Addressing envelopes, brochures, concert advertisement, pop star profiles




Week 5 (Sept 14-16-18) Topik 2, Musik di Indonesia

·       Saying ‘the one and only’

·       Saying ‘whether or not it’s……depends upon….’

·       Asking permission to borrow things




Week 6 (Sept 21-23-25), Topik 2, Musik di Indonesia

·       Responding to requests to borrow something

·       Talking about preferred styles of music and favourite groups/singers

·       Understanding traditional forms of music



Week 7 (Sept 28-30, Oct 2)  Topik 3, Berkunjung ke Indonesia

·       Asking ‘Who will bring…? And ‘Could you bring….?’

·       Public announcements in the context travel

·       Responding to situations at immigration control points and customs inspection control points

·       Indicating hopes and wishes



Week 8, (Oct 5-7-9) Topik 3, Berkunjung ke Indonesia,

·       Asking how to get somewhere, booking a room at a hotel  

·       Exchanging travellers’s cheques

·       Telephone language

·       Saying ‘If it’s no trouble…’

·       Asking how to get somewhere, booking a room at a hotel

·       Oct 7, MID TEST



Week 9 (Oct 12-14-16) Topik 3, Berkunjung ke Indonesia

·       Asking about hotel services

·       Room facilities and tariff

·       Making complaints

·       Transportation within Indonesia


Week 10 (Oct 19-21-23) Topik 4 Upacara dan Perayaan

·       Reading formal invitations

·       Writing formal invitations

·       Asking what you should wear

·       Asking what to say on certain occasions


Week 11 (Oct 26-28) Topik 4, Upacara dan Perayaan

·       Offering appropriate congratulations on special occasions

·       Quoting in direct and indirect speech

·       Asking whether you may take photographs

·       Saying ‘at least’



Week12  (Nov 2-4-6) Topik 4, Upacara dan Perayaan

·       Describing the traditions of particular festivals

·       Emphasizing with the construction ‘……  sedemikian….nya, sehingga

·       Indicating that something is inevitable

·       Correct use of ‘maaf’ and ‘permisi’



Week 13 (Nov 9-11-13) Topik 5, Pedulillah lingkungan

·    Pollution, industrial contamination, deforestation

·    Animal conservation and rehabilitation programs, recycling

·    Emphasis different objects with’ bukan hanya ……., melainkan juga….’

·    Asking about causes and the reason that things happen


Week 14 (Nov 16-18-20) Topik 5 Pedulillah Lingkungan

·    Indicating that little can be done about a problem

·    Asking what can be done

·    Asking the consequences of certain actions, asking what the problem is




Week 15 (Nov 23-25-27) Thanksgiving Holiday



Week 16 (Nov 30 and Dec 2-3) Topik 5 Pedulillah lingkungan

·    Reading environmental posters and advertisements

·    Engaging in problem-solving dialogues, suggesting solutions

·    Asking if you may help or take part in a program



Week 17 (Dec 8, Thursday) Topik 6, Cerita dari masa lampau

·    Dari early kingdoms of Indonesia

·    The colonial period

·     The proclamation of independence and the struggle for the indepence




FINAL TEST, Dec 16 (Wednesday) 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.