The Stage 5 Year 9 and 10 students work through an updated course developed specifically for Distance Education. The 200-hour course is complemented by a significant number of interactive e-learning tasks enabling students to consolidate their learning. A wide variety of audio and visual material presented through the e-learning site and via CDs brings the study of the language and culture alive.
Weekly phone lessons with the teacher enable quick resolution of any problems in regard to coursework.
Students are expected to complete two mini projects per year; these projects involve some form of multi-media presentation.
Note: Any student enrolling in Indonesian at Open High School has his/her study background checked to determine whether they are a Background Speaker or a Continuer according to the Board of Studies rules. Students in Stage 5 who are clearly going to be Background Speakers in Stage 6 are given a program of study which prepares them for the Stage 6 Background Speaker course.
In Stage 6 Beginners, students gain a wide exposure to the Indonesian language, culture and way of life through a course complemented by e-learning delivery and a rich array of audio and visual material. Students work on materials designed for Distance Education by Open High School. Students are expected to submit work regularly. This includes handwritten submissions, interactive computer tasks as well as telephone lessons. This regular contact with their teacher enables the student to practise their oral and listening skills in addition to providing an opportunity to students to discuss any matter with their teacher.
During the Preliminary Course Year 11 students complete at least the first 3 modules of the Jajak Indonesian course which was produced for Distance Education and is supplied by Open High School. The two-year course consists of 8 modules which develop the students’ skills in all the required syllabus areas. There is a wealth of self-correcting exercises so the students can get immediate feedback; there is also a variety of tasks which require students to consolidate their learning and to get examination practice. Students have weekly phone contact with their teacher during which time they can hone their Indonesian conversation skills and discuss anything needing clarification. All students join the cyber classroom where they can easily contact their teacher as well as one another. In this classroom they can access a variety of support documents, class schedules and receive communication from their teacher directed to them either as individuals or as a class.
The Indonesian Extension course involves in depth study of an Indonesian film on CD and three contemporary issues in society, which arise in the film. Students are provided with a wealth of support material to help them develop their skills in understanding and analysing the film and to manipulate language so that they can write texts related to the required issues. The course program includes weekly phone contact with their teacher during which time students can develop their skills in presenting a point of view in Indonesian related to the issues in the course. All students join the cyber classroom where they can easily contact their teacher as well as one another. In this classroom they can access a variety of support documents, class schedules and communication from their teacher directed to them as individuals or as a class.
Indonesian for Background Speakers
Students with experience in the language will find the Background Speaker course to be very rewarding as they are able to maintain their knowledge of their own culture and language. In both the Preliminary and HSC courses students study a variety of interesting contemporary issues such as Youth Culture, The Environment, Tourism in Indonesia and the place of the Individual in the Community. Many of these issues are explored through the study of literary texts such as short stories and film. Background Speaker Courses complement the study of English and are a valuable addition to any student’s education.
The study of contemporary issues is kept up to date with material presented on DVD.
Both courses are available through the e-learning site with some interactive forums to enable discussion of ideas with other students and the teacher.
Phone lessons are available on request.
Face to face lessons are conducted every term enabling students to benefit from an interactive classroom environment.
Course materials for all Indonesian courses are provided by Open High School.
All students should have a comprehensive language dictionary. We recommend you buy both of the following volumes:
- Kamus Inggris-Indonesia by John M. Echols & Hasan Shadily
- Kamus Indonesia-Inggris by John M. Echols & Hasan Shadily
They are available from:
Language Book Centre
131 York St, Sydney 2000
Phone: (02) 9267 1397
Fax: (02) 9264 8993
Outside Sydney Metro Area
Freecall: 1800 802 432
Textbooks can be ordered online at http://www.languagebooks.com.au
Please mention that the student studies Indonesian at Open High, so that you receive the school discount.
Stage 6 Syllabuses (From Board of Studies)
Click here to go to our Syllabus Downloads page - choose your language and then download the relevant syllabus.
Indonesia is a country of 17,508 islands located to the north of Australia. It is Australia's nearest neighbour. There are some 300 ethnic groups, a result of both the country's unique geography and history. Many Indonesians may see themselves first by their ethnic and cultural group and secondly as Indonesians. The glue that binds the people together is the usage of Bahasa Indonesia, the national language, and Pancasila, the national philosophy, which stresses the doctrine of unity and universal justice for all Indonesians.
Official Language Of
Total Number of Speakers
More than 200 million
Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is the official language of Indonesia. Indonesian is a standardized dialect of the Malay language that was officially defined with the declaration of Indonesian independence in 1945, and the two languages remain quite similar. The language is spoken fluently as a second language by most Indonesians, who generally use a regional language at home and in their local community. Most formal education, as well as nearly all national media and other communication, are in Indonesian. In East Timor, Indonesian is recognized by the constitution as one of the two working languages. Indonesian as a modern dialect of Malay has borrowed heavily from many languages, including Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and many other languages.
Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru in East Java
Borobudur temple in Yogyakarta, Central Java
A bottled drink vendor in Jakarta
Grand Mosque in Medan, Sumatra
Rumah Gadang in the village of Pandai Sikek in Sumatra
Lake Maninjau in Sumatra
Beach on Gili Meno in Lombok
Dancers in Bali
Terraced rice fields in Bali
Colourful hand-carved wooden boats in Bali
Hand-made puppets at a market in Bali
People travelling on a dokar in Bali
A market stall in Bali