Welcome to Melbourne's longest-running classes in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) for adults!
As part of our mission to promote friendship between Indonesia and Australia, AIAV has been running weekly language classes for more than 50 years! Our teachers have a wealth of experience and are passionate about helping you to learn the language and explore the culture of Indonesia. So ...
Ayo, ikutlah! (Come on, let's get started!)
Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market), rooms to be advised
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels offered. See details below.
Content:A textbook is used at for the Intermediate class, but not for the Advanced class.
Take this quick online quiz to get an idea of which level is most appropriate for you, or see the learning content in each level below.
We will do our best to put you in the most appropriate class, but feel free to speak to your teacher if you think you should move up or down a level.
If you want to learn some basic Indonesian before going on a trip, want to start learning the language with a view to becoming fluent, or need to brush the rust off the bahasa you learnt back in high school, then this level is for you!
This class builds on Beginner, so you will add to your growing knowledge of Indonesian words, idioms and constructions. You will be reading, writing and speaking in more complex sentences and learning more about Indonesia along the way. Instruction is increasingly in Indonesian with explanation in English as required.
Textbook: Indonesian Grammar in Context 2, Chapters 4, 5 & 6 plus supplementary material.
You will learn about:
Connecting ideas using kalau and sebaiknya
Connecting ideas using sesudah, sebelum, tetapi, karena and jadi
Qualifying statements using sebenarnya
Expressing a conclusion using kalau begitu
Describing the frequency of events using selalu, sering, biasanya and jarang
Verbs with the suffix -kan
Comparisons using lebih . . . dari(pada), paling, se- and tidak se-
Talking about when you were young
Using yang lalu, lagi, nanti and yang akan datang to describe sequences of events
Using doubled adverbs such as cepat-cepat
Forming adverbs formed with dengan + adjective
More with -kan verbs!
Welcome to the 'big league'! The Advanced class is for people who already have a good standard of Indonesian and wish to maintain or improve on it. It's assumed that you already have a broad vocabulary and are familiar with the points of grammar listed above in Elementary and Intermediate levels. However, more advanced aspects of grammar are included as revision at this level. Classes are conducted almost entirely in Indonesian.
No textbook is used in the Advanced class. Instead, each term covers a number of topics, which may include Indonesian current affairs, political, social and economic issues, films, short stories, poetry and popular music, with discussion in Indonesian. Print and video material is provided by the teacher. Teachers may be rotated through the class each term to provide a range of voices and perspectives.
Classes follow Victorian school term dates. Dates for 2021 are listed below:
|Term||Number of sessions||Start date||End date|
|Term 1||8 sessions||9 February||1 April|
|Term 2||8 sessions|| 27 April
|Term 3||8 sessions||22 July||9 September|
|Term 4||8 sessions||14 October||2 December|
Language class participants must enrol and pay class fees before the start of term. All participants are required to be members of AIAV. Other attractions of membership include monthly conversation evenings (malam ngobrol), talks, dinners, and the bi-monthly AIAV News. If you have not joined yet, you can click here to do so.
An earlybird discount of 10% is available to participants who pay in advance for a full term at least 10 days before the commencement of classes.
Sorry, but we can't accept payment in instalments or week-by-week. Full and discount rates for 2020 are shown below.
|Term||Number of sessions||Full rate|| Earlybird rate
|Term 1||8 sessions||$280.00||$252.00|
|Term 2||8 sessions||$280.00||$252.00|
|Term 3||8 sessions||$280.00||$252.00|
|Term 4||8 sessions||$280.00||$252.00|
Refunds: If you can't make it to a class, please contact us to ask about a credit for the following term. We can't give you a cash refund.
Except for the Elementary 1A and Advanced levels, all classes use one of three textbooks:
Asyik: Indonesian Grammar in Context 1, 2 and 3.
AIAV may have copies for sale. Alternatively you can buy these books online. Some options are given below.
AIAV also runs immersion language courses for adults and secondary school students, based in Indonesia. For more information see the Immersion Courses page.
For inquiries about language classes, please contact email@example.com.