Level 1B

Halo Brisbane! This continuing introductory Indonesian course is designed for those who have completed at least 20 hours of Indonesian classes. You will further develop your day-to-day vocabulary, conversation skills and knowledge of Indonesian grammar. If you already know how to exchange greetings, order a meal and do your groceries in Indonesian, then this is the right course for you. In these IML lessons, you will further develop your day-to-day vocabulary and conversation skills. You will also learn how to write basic narratives. Learn Indonesian with experienced and dynamic tutors in interactive classes at the IML!

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Lesson availability

Semester 2 courses

Available courses


Total Contact Hours



Mon 7-9pm

25/07/16 – 24/10/16



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Course overview

Prior knowledge and skills

This course is for learners who have completed Semester 1 of IML’s Indonesian Level 1 year long course or have the equivalent past experience.

Proficiency level

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

Course aim

At the end of the course learners should be able to perform basic tasks such as exchanging greetings, asking simple questions, reading and writing basic sentences. The course also aims to enable learners to develop socio-cultural knowledge.

Course details

No set textbook. Materials provided during the course.

Recommended: Oey, T. & Davidsen, K. Easy Indonesian. Tuttle. (ISBN: 9780804843133)

  • 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 on level 1 in the Joyce Ackroyd Building also has books, magazines, kits, CDs, DVDs and videos 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.


Assessment is optional at the end of the full year course or equivalent. Listening and Speaking skills are assessed throughout the course. An examination to assess Reading and Writing competencies is held at the end of the course and a statement of attainment is then issued. 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 2 courses.

Course content

Semester 2

  Language Functions Language Structures
Hobbies and pastimes
  • Identifying and asking when
  • Describing and asking about routines, habits and procedures
  • Identifying and asking about situations, activities and events
  • Making arrangements
  • Offering and responding to invitations and suggestions
  • Expressing probability and improbability
  • Expressing ability and inability
  • Expressing approval, agreement and disagreement
  • Expressing obligation and duty
  • Giving reasons
  • Telling the time
  • The preposition pada for expressing time
  • Tense markers and time indicators
  • Conjunctions and other transition words and phrases
  • More on meN~ verbs
  • More on ber~ verbs
Travelling around Indonesia
  • Making arrangements
  • Expressing and asking about needs
  • Requesting goods and services
  • Asking for and giving confirmation
  • Expressing ability and inability
  • Expressing approval, agreement and disagreement
  • Giving reasons
  • More on minta and pesan
  • More on the preposition pada for expressing time
  • More on ada to express availability
  • More on bisa and boleh
  • More on the use of Sudah for confirmation
Telling tales
  • Revision of various language functions
  • Revision of sentences and question structures
  • Writing basic narratives
  • Consolidation of the preposition pada for expressing time
  • Consolidation of tense markers and time indicators
  • Consolidation of basic conjunctions and other basic transition words and phrases
  • Consolidation of common meN~ and ber~ verbs