Syllabus – beginner (youth & adult)

Bahasa Indonesia - Class Syllabus


(Youth & Adult, age 15 & up)


Course description

This course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia.  It will provide students with the basic structures they need to communicate in Indonesian. Students will also learn various aspects of Indonesian culture through videos, pictures, articles, and class discussions.

Class activities

Classes are interactive, mirroring everyday situations and requiring a variety of skills. Grammar is presented through example with an emphasis on both speaking and writing during class drills, choral work, and intensive small-group discussions. A short presentation, listening to audio recordings, singing, watching film/videos and short readings will also be used as teaching aids.

Class schedule & location

Every Saturday; 7 sessions; March 2 - April 13, 2019. 11:00am - 1:00pm at tbc.

Course instruction:  

50% in Bahasa Indonesia, 50 % in English


Satyawidya Wulansari (Tia)


Course Policies and Expectations

Class participation

Active participation in class expected from all students; thus, regular attendance is required. The instructor should be notified a day (24 hours) in advance in case a student is absent.

Evaluation and Grades

Varied types of evaluation are included in the class to keep both students and instructor aware of students' progress. During the semester, students will take midterm and end of semester tests.

Class participation including attendance: 40%

Homework and Assignments: 15%

Midterm test: 15%

Final test: 30%

Textbook (print edition)

All of the materials will be provided by the instructor. The majority of the materials are taken from Sahabatku Indonesia Tingkat A1 and Indonesian Ways books.

Additional materials:


Learning Indonesian on the Internet (Center for Southeast Asian Studies Northern Illinois University): and

Grammar book:

Sneddon, James Neil, Indonesian: A Comprehensive Grammar. London: Routledge, 2010 (available at Harvard library and on Amazon).


Echols, John & Shadily, Hasan. 1996. Indonesian English

Sederet on line dictionary:


Course Contents

Session 1

Topic: Siapa nama Anda? - Introduction to Bahasa Indonesia and Basic Greetings

Students will be able to:

- Name the alphabets and produce the sounds in Bahasa Indonesia.

- Greet others and initiate small conversations.

- Do self-introduction and be able to elicit basic information from others (e.g., name, country of origin, occupation).

Cultural element: Various ways of greetings in Indonesia.

Session 2

Topic: Apa dia bapak kamu? - Family and Hobbies

Students will be able to:

- Ask basic information about others and introduce others (family members).

- Use the negation form bukan.

- Understand the inexistence of the BE verb in Bahasa Indonesia.

- Describe their hobbies.

Cultural element: The diversity of wedding ceremony in Indonesia.

Session 3

Topic: Berapa nomor telepon kamu? - Numbers and Time

Students will be able to:

- Name the days of the week and months of the year.

- Name the numbers.

- Seek and provide information with regards to things related to numbers (e.g., phone numbers, age, birthday).

- Use different question words and answer appropriately.

Cultural element: National holidays in Indonesia and how they are celebrated.

Session 4

The midterm test will be given at the beginning of the class.

Topic: Anda makan siang jam berapa?- Daily Activities

Students will be able to:

- Describe their daily activities using the targeted verbs (e.g., bangun, makan, pulang kantor).

- Use the negation form tidak.

- Describe the time.

Cultural element: The everyday life of a person living in Jakarta.

Session 5

Topic: Saya orang Amerika. - Writing about yourself

Students will be able to:

- Understand how noun phrases work in Indonesia.

- Construct a short paragraph about themselves using simple sentence structure.

Cultural element: Traditional music and dance from various provinces in Indonesia.

Session 6

The final test will be given at the beginning of the class.

Topic: Saya mau pergi ke Bali tahun depan. - Places to visit in Indonesia.

Students will be able to:

- Explain one’s location using targeted vocabulary.

- Ask for and give directions.

Cultural element: Famous tourist attractions in Indonesia.


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