«The Indonesian Way» (TIW), a textbook for beginners of the Indonesian Language (bahasa Indonesia), was originally composed by Dr. George Quinn from the Australian National University. Between 2009 and 2012 «The Indonesian Way» was enhanced, and adapted for online learning by the Indonesian Language Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa under the leadership of Dr. Uli Kozok.
Several lessons were added and the existing materials were rearranged, thoroughly revised, and supplemented with over one thousand interactive exercises, several hundred sound files (of which 190 were selected for the Textbook Edition), almost 2000 digital vocabulary flash cards, 113 lesson plans with teacher notes, 196 student handouts, 51 slide shows, hundreds of images, and 3 short video clips. Every of the now 113 lesson features a word list, and digital vocabulary flash cards, and many lessons are complimented by grammar explanations, and cultural notes. For more effective vocabulary learning the spaced repetition software Anki was integrated, and the Web Audio Utility serves as a tool to actively practice speaking.
A learner using «The Indonesian Way» will need between 60 and 90 minutes for each lesson. Another ten minutes per lesson should be reserved for vocabulary learning using the spaced repetition software Anki.
«The Indonesian Way» — Online Edition & Textbook Edition
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«The Indonesian Way« is available in two editions: an Online Edition and a downloadable Textbook Edition in pdf format. Both the online and the textbook edition are almost identical. Both consist of 113 lessons that are divided in two parts: the lesson itself (dialogues or reading texts in Indonesian, grammar explanation, cultural notes etc.) and the exercises (multiple choice, matching, cloze exercises, sentence jumblers, crossword puzzles etc).
Different is only the mode of delivery: the Online Edition is interactive in that students can see instantly the results of the online exercises whereas in the Textbook Edition students need to consult the Keys to the Exercises.
Both the Online Edition as well as the textbook edition of «The Indonesian Way» are designed in such a way that students of the Indonesian language can (and should) work on them without the help of a teacher. The materials are hence also highly suitable for self-instruction. The time needed to complete one lesson is approximately 60-90 minutes. Students should schedule another ten minutes for vocabulary review using the spaced repetition system ANKI.
When «The Indonesian Way» is used in a traditional classroom setting, it is advisable not to use the online materials or the textbook in class. Instead students should work through the online materials or the textbook lessons before their Bahasa Indonesia class commences.
For in-class use we have developed accompanying In-class Materials for all 113 lessons. The in-class materials are designed for a class of 50 minutes (but can easily be stretched to 75 minutes). The in-class materials contain teacher notes with detailed instructions on how to conduct the class. The in-class materials also contain student handouts, additional sound files, slide shows and other materials. Because of this, those who use the materials for self-instruction may also benefit by downloading the additional in-class materials.
«The Indonesian Way» is a beginner’s textbook for the Indonesian language intended to raise the student’s language skills from the novice level (no knowledge of Indonesian at all) to CERF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B1 (The CERF B1 level is equivalent to Intermediate Mid/High on the American ACTFL scale). A speaker of B1 is expected to be able to perform the following skills:
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
On successful completion of «The Indonesian Way» students will be able to demonstrate:
- familiarity with the phonology (pronunciation, word-stress, rhythm, intonation), morphology (general overview of affix system) and syntax (word order, sentence construction; phrase order in declarative and interrogative sentence) of the Indonesian language (bahasa Indonesia);
- familiarity with about 1,500 most frequently used words necessary for communicative competence;
- within this communicative competence, the ability to: a) comprehend basic standard spoken Indonesian; b) perform simple conversation in an intelligent way; c) read elementary passages and stories with a fair degree of comprehension; d) write simple descriptions of objects, situations and activities and write short-non-technical letters; e) recognise and utilise basic rules in Indonesian grammar; f) integrate the linguistic skills specified above;
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