The Course for Absolute Beginners

Elementary Indonesian IND103

indonesian_slide3Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None
Delivery: Online or Hybrid (online & offline)
Materials: The Indonesian Way Lesson 41–80

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This is a beginner’s course and no previous knowledge of the Indonesian language is required.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. familiarity with basic phonology, morphology and syntax of the Indonesian language;
  2. familiarity with about 750 most frequently used words necessary for communicative competence;
  3. within this communicative competence, the ability to: a) comprehend basic standard spoken Indonesian (listening); b) perform simple conversation in an intelligent way (speaking); c) read elementary passages and stories with a fair degree of comprehension (reading); d) write simple descriptions of objects, situations and activities and write short-non-technical letters (writing); e) recognize and utilize basic rules in Indonesian grammar; f) integrate the linguistic skills specified above;


  1. Phonology: Pronunciation of Indonesian-word-stress, rhythm, sentence, intonation (declarative, interrogative, imperative and exclamatory intonation patterns).
  2. Morphology: General overview of affix system.
  3. Syntax: Word order in noun-phrases, verb-phrases, adjectival phrases and adverbial phrases. Sentence construction; phrase order in declarative and interrogative sentences.
  4. Conversation: basic competence.
  5. Reading and Writing: elementary

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