Syllabus – intermediate (youth & adult)

Bahasa Indonesia - Class Syllabus


(Youth & Adult, age 15 & up)


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 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 film/videos, and reading short passages will also be used as teaching aids.

Class schedule & location

March 2 - April 13, 2019. 1:15pm - 3:15pm 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 materials are taken from various grammar books such as Indonesian Grammar in Context, Sahabatku Indonesia Tingkat A1 and A2, 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: Anda dari mana? (Where are you from?)

Students will be able to:

- Ask where a person comes from.

- Name countries in Indonesia (e.g., United States – Amerika Serikat, Japan – Jepang).

- Use connecting words (dan, juga, tapi, atau) to compose complex sentences.

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

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

Session 2

Topic: Kamu suka yang mana? (Which do you like?)

Students will be able to:

- Describe nouns using adjectives

- Use “ini” and “itu” as 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 3

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 4

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

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 5

Topic: Cari atau mencari? (Search or search – which is it?)

Students will be able to:

- Differentiate elements of the language used in a formal and an informal setting.

- Gain awareness of the active verbal prefix meN-

- Express the level of like/dislike and ability using the terms: sangat, kurang, tidak (bisa/suka).

Cultural element: Local languages vs. Bahasa Indonesia.

Session 6

The final test will be given at the beginning of the class: a written test and a dialogue presentation with a partner.

Topic: Berapa harga sekilo jeruk? (How much is a kilogram of oranges?)

Students will be able to:

- Understand the concept and ways to bargain when shopping in Indonesia.

- Use the adverbial phrases: sangat, cukup, terlalu to describe prices of items.

- Engage in a dialogue when shopping using targeted vocabulary.

Cultural element: Indonesian currency and ways to shop in Indonesia.


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