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Indonesian (Second Language) Unit 3 and 4


Indonesian (Second Language) Units 1 and 2.

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 using a wide range of text types, such as newspaper articles and editorials, advertisements, formal and informal correspondence, reports, reviews, short stories
  • be familiar with and produce personal, informative, persuasive and imaginative writing
  • be familiar with a wide range of vocabulary and idioms
  • develop the necessary skills to use dictionaries effectively
  • have a comprehensive understanding of language as a system
  • produce a detailed study on an aspect of Indonesian language and culture through literature and the arts.

Areas of study

Themes and Topics

  • Self and others, incorporating the personal word, educational aspirations, tertiary options and careers, personal opinions and values, and student views on an ideal world.
  • The Indonesian-speaking communities, incorporating rural, urban and teenage lifestyles, visiting Indonesia, travelling in Indonesia, customs and traditions, arts and entertainment and stories from the past.
  • The changing world, incorporating social and environmental issues, Australian and Indonesian relations and the world of work.

Grammar and Vocabulary

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

Text Types and Kinds of Writing

  • The structured way in which language is organised in both speech and writing.
  • The ways in which kinds of writing are realised in the context of different text types.


Unit 3 Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
Express ideas through the production of original texts. A 250 word personal or imaginative piece. 20
Analyse and use information from spoken texts. A response to specific questions, message or instruction, extracting and using the information requested. 20
Exchange information, opinions or experiences. A 3-4 minute role-play, focussing on the resolution of an issue. 10
Total Marks 50


Unit 4 Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
Analyse and use information from written texts. A response to specific questions, messages or instructions, extracting and using information requested. 10
Respond critically to spoken and written texts which reflect aspects of the language and culture of the Indonesian-speaking communities. A 250-300 word informative, persuasive or evaluative written response, for example a report, comparison or review. 20
A 3-4 minute interview on an issue related to texts studied. 20
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


Reproduced by permission of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: