Level 2

This course offers even more insight into the vibrant language and cultures of Indonesia. You will be building on your communication skills, understanding of society and culture and increasing your ability with language structures.

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Lesson availability

Year-long courses

Available courses


Total Contact Hours



Mon 7-9pm

14/03/16 – 24/10/16



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Course overview

Prior knowledge and skills

This course is for learners have completed the Level 1 Indonesian course or equivalent, i.e. they have language survival skills and can ask simple questions or make brief statements. The course focuses on further developing the fundamentals of the language.

Proficiency level

The content of this course corresponds approximately to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course aim

By the end of this course learners should be able to respond and converse on a range of topics using correct pronunciation, and be able to write more complex sentences and read basic to intermediate passages.

Course details

Set textbook: Robson, Y. Basic Indonesian: An Introductory Course book. Tuttle Publishing. (ISBN: 9780804838962)

  • 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

A course in a higher level of this language is not currently offered. Learners wishing to pursue further studies can send an expression of interest to iml@uq.edu.au.

Course content

Topic Language Functions
Personal and family life
(home, friends, pets, daily routine, Indonesian family life)
  • Address people
  • Describing people
  • Expressing emotions
  • Talking about daily activities
  • Counting: revision ≤ 1000
Work and study
(personal work experience, education in Indonesian)
  • Talking about one's work/study
  • Wishing success
  • Expressing frustration
  • Arranging appointments
  • Counting: revision ≤ 1,000,000
Recreation and holiday
(Australian and Indonesian destinations)
  • Discussing pastimes and hobbies
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Describing and planning holidays
  • Asking and giving directions
  • Making requests and ordering
  • Counting: ≤ 1,000,000,000
(formal and informal language registers in Indonesian)
  • Meeting new people
  • Asking/providing details
  • Expressing (dis)agreement
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Formal language use
  • Using everyday speech acts
  • Understanding daily expressions


Semester 2


Topic Language Functions
Special occasions and ceremonies
(festive season in Australia, traditional festivals and ceremonies in Indonesia)
  • Talking about obligations
  • Expressing joy and excitement
  • Asking for explanation
  • Enquiring about new things
Arts and culture
(Australian outdoor culture, traditional Indonesian dances, wayang and gamelan)
  • Expressing interest
  • Describing frequency
  • Asking for meaning
  • Making comparisons
Environmental and social issues
(wealth distribution in Indonesia, deforestation and threatened species)
  • Expressing disbelief
  • Expressing concern
  • Expressing disagreement
  • Requesting clarifications
  • Expressing obligation and duty
History of Indonesia
(Indonesian pre-history, Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms, Islam, colonisation, independence,
Sukarno, Suharto, reformation, Australia-Indonesian relations)
  • Expressing possibility
  • Expressing hypothetical situation
  • Expressing affirmation
  • Constructing conditional and subjunctive questions

Language structures (across the course)

  • Syntax: active and passive structures, word classes, main clauses, relative clauses, time and place adjuncts
  • Predicates: transitive, intransitive
  • Nouns: nominalising base words; plural forms: compounds, collective; constructing Noun Phrases (NPs)
  • Personal pronouns and contractions of personal pronouns
  • Pronouns: iniitu-nyayang
  • Predication of pronouns: begini, begitu
  • Copulas and existential verbs
  • Auxiliaries: modal verbs, tense and aspect markers
  • Negators and imperatives
  • Cases: nominative, accusative, dative, genitive, ablative
  • Mood adjuncts: indicative, conditional, subjunctive, irrealis (necessity, possibility, wish, desire)
  • Adjectives and adverbs - topic related
  • Degrees of comparison: comparative and superlative
  • Question words: apa, apakah, bagaimana, kenapa, siapa, berapa
  • Predication of question words: diapakan, diapain, ngapain
  • Suffixes: -kah, -pun, -lah
  • Prepositions: di, ke, dari, untuk, dungan, sama, pada, lewat, sampai, sebelum, sesudah
  • Conjunctions: dan, tapi, karena, lalu, walaupun-tetap saja
  • Common expressions and speech acts
  • Emphatic particles: dong, kok, sih, deh
  • The Null-Parameter, translating expetives and dummy elements in Indonesian