IND305 & 307

The Language of the Media I

Third Year Indonesian I


Level: Lower Advanced
Materials: Readings in Contemporary Media & Literature.
Prerequisite: IND-204 or equivalent language skills.
Delivery: Online  (+ optional conversational course IND-307 )

If you are interested in taking IND305 as an elearning online course, please visit our partner page http://www.indonesian-online.com/courses/ind-305

“Readings in Contemporary Media & Literature” consists of the mandatory course IND305 (taught online) plus the optional conversational adjunct course IND307.

The two courses explore the language of the contemporary Indonesian media. All texts are authentic reports from the Indonesian media, mainly taken from mainstream newspapers and magazines such as Tempo and Kompas, and supplemented with recorded radio reports and interviews. All texts are supplemented with interactive exercises, and homework assignments, that will be corrected and returned by the instructor. Students will interact with other students using the discussion forum, and students enrolled in 2307 will meet twice a week with the course instructor.

IND 305/307 is aimed for speakers with at least intermediate proficiency in Indonesian. The objectives of this course are to progress linguistically, as well as to develop an awareness of the contemporary social context; there will be an even balance between language and content. The course will familiarise students with the language of the media as employed in the contemporary Indonesian press and promoting the development of strong reading and writing skills at both colloquial and formal levels.
The course will enable participating students to advance their proficiency in Indonesian towards a truly advanced level.

To assist you in determining your proficiency level in the Indonesian language, you must, prior to enrolment, complete the UHM placement test for the Indonesian Language based on the European Language Portfolio self-assessment checklist.

For further questions, please see our page on Most Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are not a UH student you must enrol through the UH Outreach College.

Course Goals

The course is aimed for speakers with at least intermediate proficiency in Indonesian. The objectives of this course are to progress linguistically, as well as to develop an awareness of the contemporary social context; there will be an even balance between language and content. The course will familiarise students with the language of the media as employed in the contemporary Indonesian press and promoting the development of strong reading and writing skills at both colloquial and formal levels.

The e-course will enable participating students to advance their proficiency in Indonesian towards a truly advanced level.

Course Description

Course Units

The course (IND305&307) consists of 15 units (topics) where every topic is designed for  one week. The course week starts on a Thursday and ends on a Wednesday. IND307 meets Thursdays and Tuesday.

Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu We
50 min classroom meeting ONLINE/Interactive CD-ROM 50 min classroom meeting ONLINE/Interactive CD-ROM
Pre-reading activities Online activities,
Discussion Forum
Post-Reading Activities Due Date for:
Writing Assignments
Weekly tests

Opening Hours:

Discussion Forum: Thursday 0:00 until Monday 23:55 hours

Writing Assignments: Thursday 0:00 until Wednesday 23:55

Quizzes: Wednesday 0:00 until 23:55

The Learning Management System

The general structure of the course is simple. Every week we will read and discuss between one and three readings from the contemporary Indonesian press, and covering a broad range of topics. The reading assignments and all related materials, exercises, tasks, assignments, and even all quizzes and tests can be accessed through your university’s Learning Management System.

Technical Requirements

All you need is reliable access to the Internet, preferably broadband access. So far we can only endorse Firefox as a suitable browser (www.mozilla.org). There is no specific requirement for your computer and the operating system that it uses. It is, however, highly recommended to upgrade to a relatively new system. Mac users on System 9 should upgrade to System 10. Typically, any computer less than five years old should work fine. If you use an older computer you may have to download the Adobe Flash Player.

Interaction between Instructor and Students and Among Students

Please do not start reading the reading assignments before you have completed the pre-reading activities (normally Latihan 1). Before each reading assignment students will be given certain pre-reading tasks. We will typically use the online Discussion Forum for these sessions that involve brain storming, vocabulary gathering, eliciting expectations on a certain topic, etc. Students are required to actively participate in these discussions and to regularly post contributions to our discussion forum and respond to other students’ postings. You may start a new discussion thread, and if there is none, the instructor will post a new thread to which you should respond. Although this is an online course where students will most likely never meet physically, the discussion forum will provide a substitute for the lack of a physical classroom, and it is important that students make meaningful contributions to the discussion forum. Please note that a good percentage of your total grade is based on your contributions to the discussion forum, and that you have to submit your contributions in time.

Assessment

Weekly quizzes 40%
Homework assignments 50%
Performance   10%

Homework  assignments

Your teacher will correct all writing assignments and return them to you. Make sure to retrieve the corrected writing assignment, and look carefully at any corrections and comments. You will not get the full amount of credit if you continue to make the same mistake over and over again (meaning that you did not pay attention to your teacher’s corrections).

Performance

Active participants in the online course can get up to 10% credit for their contributions and completion of the interactive exercises, The exercises are not graded, and you do not get punished when your answer is wrong. Even when you score 0% in an exercise, this will not effect your grade. What counts is that you have done the exercise.

Workload

Students are expected to spend at least six hours per week on this course, including reading and writing assignments.