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VCE Languages

Indonesian (Second Language) Unit 3 and 4

Year-Long Elective Unit


Indonesian (Second Language) Units 1 and 2.

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 3 and 4 if at the time of commencing Units 3 and 4 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. They will need to present evidence to VCAA of length of residence in Australia or another country, and school reports for study completed overseas before being approved for entry to Units 3 and 4 in this subject.

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 3 Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)  

Participate in a spoken exchange in Indonesian to resolve a personal issue.

A three- to four-minute role-play, focusing on negotiating a solution to a personal issue.


Interpret information from texts and write responses in Indonesian.

Responses to specific questions or instructions using information extracted from written, spoken and viewed texts on the selected subtopic.


Express ideas in a personal, informative or imaginative piece of writing in Indonesian.

An approximately 250-word personal, informative or imaginative piece of writing.

Total Marks   50



Unit 4 Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)  

Share information, ideas and opinions in a spoken exchange in Indonesian.

A three- to four-minute interview providing information and responding to questions about a cultural product or practice.


Analyse information from written, spoken and viewed texts for use in a written response in Indonesian.

An approximately 250-word written response for a specific audience and purpose, incorporating information from three or more texts


Present information, concepts and ideas in evaluative or persuasive writing on an issue in Indonesian.

An approximately 300-word evaluative or persuasive piece of writing.

Total Marks   50

Overall Final Assessment

Graded Assessment Title Assessment Exam Duration Contribution to Study Score (%)
1 Unit 3 Coursework School-assessed   25
2 Unit 4 Coursework School-assessed   25
3 Exam: Oral component October 15 mins 12.5
4 Exam: Written component November 2 Hours 37.5


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