Beginner's Short Course

When you study this practical language course in Indonesian you gain confidence and become enabled to communicate simply in everyday situations. You will acquire the confidence in the Indonesian language to deal with the basics. This study will enable you to more deeply enjoy your Indonesian experience.

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Spring courses

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Wed 6:30-8:30pm

05/10/16 – 07/12/16



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Course overview

Prior knowledge and skills

This course is for learners with minimal or no knowledge of Indonesian.

Proficiency level

The content of this course corresponds approximately to levels 0 - A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course aims

Learners will develop basic skills with a focus on effective communication and enjoyment through listening, speaking, reading and writing in the language. They will also begin to develop socio-cultural knowledge.

Course details

Set textbook: Materials will be provided in class.

  • IML strongly recommends the use of dictionaries, which exist in a variety of printed, online and electronic formats. Tutors may recommend a dictionary at the commencement of the course.
  • Each topic includes relevant social and cultural information.
  • Additional tasks and resources will be provided in class.
  • The IML library, located in the Joyce Ackroyd Building, also has books, magazines, kits, CDs and DVDs for loan to IML students.


Language is learned best with maximum contact and usage. Home exercises will be designed for revision and consolidation of each course segment. Revision is most effective when undertaken regularly in short sessions.


There is no assessment for this course. A certificate of attendance is available upon request for students not undertaking assessment who have attended at least 75% of the course.

Further study options

Learners who wish to pursue further studies of this language can enrol in any of the IML Indonesian Level 1 Courses.

Course content

Topic Language Functions
General information about the language: alphabet, script and pronunciation  
Introducing self and others
  • Greetings and leave taking
  • Asking/giving some personal details
  • Describing family members and friends
  • Counting
  • Asking/telling time
  • Asking/stating age
  • Asking for/giving phone numbers
  • Asking/telling prices
  • Describing essential routines
  • Asking about/expressing likes, dislikes
  • Describing some sports and hobbies
Food and drinks
  • Identifying essential food and drinks
  • Asking for/buying items
  • Expressing quantities
  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Using transport
Tourism and travel
  • Asking/giving basic directions
  • Describing weather
  • Planning and inviting

NB: Order and depth of coverage of these topics may vary depending on class interest and needs.