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VCE Languages

Indonesian (Second Language) Unit 1 and 2

Year-Long Elective Unit


Year 10 Indonesian.

Indonesian (Second Language) is designed for students who do not have an Indonesian background, that is, students who have acquired all the Indonesian they know in an Australian school or similar environment. They will typically have studied Indonesian for at least 400 hours at completion of Year 12. It is possible, however, that some students with less formal experience will also be able to meet the requirements successfully.

A student is eligible for Indonesian (Second Language) Units 1 and 2 if at the time of commencing study they have had no more than seven years of education in a school in a country where Indonesian or Malay is the medium of instruction.

Students must complete application forms giving details of their background in Indonesian if they wish to enrol in this study.

In order to enrol in Indonesian (Second Language) Units 3 and 4, students are required to provide evidence of their length of residence in Australia and/or other countries, as well as school reports relating to study completed overseas.

Course Description

These units are designed to enable students to:

• communicate with others in Indonesian in interpersonal, interpretive and presentational contexts

• understand the relationship between language and culture

• compare cultures and languages and enhance intercultural awareness

• understand and appreciate the cultural contexts in which Indonesian is spoken

• learn about language as a system and themselves as language learners

• make connections between different languages, knowledge and ways of thinking

• become part of multilingual communities by applying language learning to social and leisure activities, life-long learning and the world of work.

Areas of Study

Themes and Topics

  • The Individual: personal identity, relationships and education and aspirations.
  • The Indonesian-speaking Communities: history and change, cultural heritage and lifestyles.
  • The World Around Us: global and contemporary society, communication and media and environmental issues.

Grammar and Vocabulary

  • The formal aspects of language such as phonology, orthography, syntax, morphology and semantics.
  • Linguistic elements and the rules related to them.

Kinds of Writing

Students are expected to be familiar with and be able to produce five kinds of writing: personal, informative, persuasive, evaluative and imaginative.


Unit 1 Outcomes
Assessment Tasks
(school-assessed coursework)

Exchange meaning in a spoken interaction in Indonesian.

Participate in a conversation, interview or roleplay.

Give a talk to the class about the selected subtopic, asking and answering questions.

Interpret information from two texts on the same subtopic presented in Indonesian, and respond in writing in Indonesian and in English.

Write a descriptive summary of a film inlcuding information from a review of the film.

Listen to a conversation and view a map to write instructions.

Read an article and listen to an announcement to write instructions.

Present information, concepts and ideas in writing in Indonesian on the selcted subtpoic and for a specific audience and purpose.

Create a written presentation which may include pictures; this may be supported by media such as Photo Story or PowerPoint.

Write an imaginative children's story.



Unit 2 Outcomes
Assessment Tasks
(school-assessed coursework)

Respond in writing in Indonesian to spoken, written or visual texts presented in Indonesian.

Write a personal answer to an email.

Write an informative blog in response to texts.

Respond in a written letter to a radio announcement or editorial.

Analyse and use information from written, spoken or visual texts to produce an extended written response in Indonesian.

Describe in writing an experience seen from different perspectives.

Write a reflective article on a cultural insight, such as the attitudes of Indonesian-speaking people in Australia and elsewhere to traditional customs.

Evaluate opposing arguments put forward on an issue, such as attitudes to health or the long-term impact of social media on society.

Explain information, ideas and concepts orally in Indonesian to a specific audience about an aspect of culture within communities where Indonesian is spoken.

Narrate a life story, event or incident that highlights an aspect of culture.

Tell the class a personal or reflective story about a cultural event.

Present and explain an aspect of culture, referring to a portfolio or a PowerPoint presentation.



Overall Assessment

End of Semester Oral Examination

End of Semester Examination – 2 hours.

Information can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: