Instructor Information

Name Dr. Uli Kozok
Email kozok@...
Office Spalding 462
Office Hours    Mo 16-18:00

Course Information

Course Homepage:

Optional Texts:
1. J.N. Sneddon. Indonesian Reference Grammar. Allen& Unwin 1996. ISBN 1864480297 (US title: "Indonesian: A Comprehensive Grammar"; Taylor and Francis: 2005. ISBN: 0415155290).
2. A. M. Stevens & A. Schmidgall-Tellings. Comprehensive Indonesian-English Dictionary.

General Information

Students from countries where Indonesian/Malay is a partial or complete medium of instruction in the educational system, and native speakers of the language, will not normally be permitted to enter Indonesian 204. These students, and other students who have previously studied Indonesian/Malay should seek permission of the course coordinator on the first day of class.


The course is aimed for speakers with at least upper elementary 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 film media and promoting the development of strong listening, reading, and writing skills at both colloquial and formal levels.

The course will enable participating students to advance their proficiency in Indonesian towards the intermediate or even upper intermediate level.

Course Units

Emphasis in this course is on the development of good listening skills at both the formal and informal level. This will be achieved by intensive listening exercises based on authentic Indonesian media. Students will be exposed to about 15 video clips, each a few minutes long, containing excerpts from various Indonesian movies. These lessons intend 1) to teach listening strategies, 2) to develop cultural and linguistic knowledge, and 3) to move the student from intermediate-low to an upper intermediate proficiency level.

Learners will develop knowledge of intonation patterns, speech acts and language functions, discursive practices, registers, pragmatics, socio-linguistic and cultural knowledge, as well as discrete linguistic knowledge (i.e. vocabulary and grammatical patterns).

Students will also be exposed to a number of lessons based on texts that are accompanied with a range of linguistic exercises.

Students are required to observe the following weekly deadlines:

Opening Hours:
Discussion Forum: Due on Wednesdays 23:55 hours
Writing Assignments: Due on Wednesdays 23:55
Quizzes: Wednesday 0:00 until 23:55

The Learning Management System

The general structure of the course is simple. The lessons and all related materials, exercises, homework assignments, and quizzes can be accessed through the University of Hawaii's learning management system Laulima.

Technical Requirements

All you need is reliable access to the Internet, preferably broadband access. The best browser for our course is Firefox ( but Opera, Chrome and Safari may work as well.

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. Typically, any computer less than five years old should work fine. On some computers you may have to download the Adobe Flash Player.

Discussion Forum

Students are required to actively participate in the Discussion Forum. You may start a new discussion thread, and if there is none, the instructor will post a new thread to which you should respond.


Weekly quizzes 30%
Homework, Discussion Forum, WAU
Participation (online & in-class)     10%
Final Exam 30%

Grading Scale

Please note that we use the + and - system. Although an A+ will only be given to exceptional students, it is not too difficult to get an A grade for this course if you are always well prepared, score well in the tests and quizzes, and contribute to the class in a meaningful way.

90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
0 - 59 F

Homework assignments

Your teacher will correct your homework assignments and return them to you. Make sure to retrieve the corrected writing assignment, and look carefully at any corrections and comments.

Participation (online and in-class)

Active participants in the course can get up to 10% credit for their contributions and participation in class. Active participation is not only expected in-class but also online. The online 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.


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

Academic Integrity & Problems

The integrity of a university depends upon academic honesty, which consists of independent learning and research. Academic dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism, and will not be tolerated. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, giving unauthorized help during an examination, using inappropriate sources of information during an examination. As most of our exams are conducted online we need to remind students that our exams are closed book exams. No dictionaries, online dictionaries, translation programs, or any open books are allowed. For further information about academic integrity read the Campus Policies.

Whenever you feel something isn't working as well as you'd like – whether it's the class structure, the lecture, the assignments, grades, or your own efforts in the course – PLEASE TELL SOMEONE about it!! Talk to your class representative, or to me, or scribble a note (anonymous if you like - put it into the assignment box next to my door) or send an email, leave a voice-mail message, catch me after class, come during office hours, or make an appointment: Let someone know if something isn't working for you. I'd prefer to hear about the problems in the course during the semester, when we can deal with them, rather than in course evaluations, when it's too late to change things.