Syllabus – intermediate (youth & adult)

Bahasa Indonesia - Class Syllabus


(Youth & Adult, age 15 & up)

FALL 2019


Course description

This course is designed for students who have previously learned Bahasa Indonesia. Students taking this class should know about 100 words (e.g., numbers, family kinship, greetings, and pronouns), be able to compose simple sentences and questions verbally and in writing, and have a basic understanding of the grammar structure. In this intermediate course, students will learn more complex grammatical structures and expand their vocabulary which will allow them to speak and write more fluently. 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 examples 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 films/videos, and reading short passages will also be used as teaching aids.

Class schedule & location

Every Saturday; 7 sessions; September 14 - November 2, 2019 (no class on September 28, 2019 due to IndoFest 2019 at Copley Square, Boston.

From 1.45 p.m. – 3.45 p.m. (2 hours per session).

Building 1 – Room 273, MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA.

Course instruction:  

50% in Bahasa Indonesia, 50 % in English


Satyawidya Wulansari (Tia)


Course Policies and Expectations

Class participation

Active participation in the 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: 50%

Homework and Assignments: 15%

Midterm test: 15%

Final test: 20%

Textbook (print edition)

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

Additional materials:

  • Websites:

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)

  • Dictionary:

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

Sederet online dictionary:



Course Contents

Session 1

Topic: Anda dari mana? (Where are you from?)

Students will be able to:

  • Ask where a person comes from.
  • Name countries in Indonesian (e.g., United States – Amerika Serikat, Japan – Jepang).
  • Distinguish the use of existential verb ada to ask and answer questions (e.g., Ada 5 orang di keluarga saya) from the verb ada followed by prepositional place (e.g., Sungai Nil ada di Mesir).

Cultural element: Dari Sabang sampai Merauke, the diversity of Indonesia

A pre-assessment will be given at the beginning of the session.


Session 2

Topic: Kamu ada dimana? (Where are you?)

Students will be able to:

  • Name commonly found places (e.g., rumah, kantor, sekolah, supermarket)
  • Describe a location using “ada + prepositional place”.
  • Use different prepositional place accurately (di, ke, dari)

Cultural element: Modes of transportations in Indonesia. 


Session 3

Topic: Anda suka sepatu ini atau itu? (Do you like these shoes or those?)

Students will be able to:

  • Describe nouns using adjectives
  • Use “ini” and “itu” as a determiner and know the difference when they are used as pronouns.
  • Use the referential function of –nya to point to something already known or mentioned in the discourse.

Cultural element: Unique fruits, plants, and animals found in Indonesia.


Session 4

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

Topic: Mana yang paling kamu suka? (Which do you like the most?)

Students will be able to:

  • use the adverbs sangat, sekali, terlalu, dan agak to modify adjectives and verbs.
  • Use comparative forms to compare objects: lebih … daripada, paling/ter-, dan sama …-nya/se-.
  • form complex sentences using the connecting words dan, atau, and tetapi/tapi.

Cultural element: Things you only find in Indonesia.


Session 5

Topic: Kamu sudah makan? (Have you eaten?)

Students will be able to:

  • Use time markers accurately to show tenses: akan, sudah, belum, and sedang.
  • Name days of the week and months of the year.
  • Describe everyday activities using appropriate verbs.

Cultural element: Occupations of people in Indonesia. 


Session 6

Apa yang kamu lakukan sesudah pulang ke rumah? (What do you do after you get home?)  Students will be able to:

SWBAT use verbs describing everyday actions such as mandi, makan pagi, bangun tidur.

SWBAT use phrases associated with time to describe actions such as setiap hari, besok, minggu lalu, jam…, hari…

SWBAT compose complex sentences using the following connecting words to describe sequence of actions: sebelum, sesudah, lalu.

SWBAT use adverbial phrases of frequency appropriately: kadang-kadang, biasanya, selalu.


Session 7

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

Students will create a dialogue with a partner as part of their performance task.

Students will compose a 2-3 paragraph essay about an important person in their lives using the targeted vocabulary and grammar points that have been taught.

Students will complete a course evaluation at the end of the class.


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