• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Indonesian
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages

The course aims to improve practical skill in translation from   Indonesian into English along with knowledge of translation principles.   It deals with a wide range of texts from literature and the print  media.  Classes involve a good deal of work in small groups or pairs,  mainly  identifying translation problems and comparing and evaluating  solutions.  As well as preparing translations of their own, students  will criticise  published translations.

A separate component of the course focuses on Colloquial Jakartan Indonesian. It aims simply to teach students to comprehend texts written in that variety, which is becoming the standard informal style of the language. (In the case of native Indonesian-speaking students only, this component will be replaced by further work on translation.)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced level of Indonesian to:
1. Analyse orthographic differences between standard and colloquial written Indonesian.
2. Analyse the semantic features of Indonesian words and expressions in order to choose between potential English equivalents, and comprehend a range of vocabulary items specific to colloquial Indonesian.
3. Analyse the frequency of Indonesian phrase and sentence structures in order to choose between potential English equivalents, and comprehend a range of phrase and sentence structures specific to colloquial Indonesian.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural contexts of a wide variety of literary and non-literary texts to choose a suitable approach for translating them and solutions to specific translation problems.

Indicative Assessment

In-class tests of translation x 2: 20% (LOs 2,3,4)

Take-home assignments: translation + commentary x 2: 50% (LOs 2,3,4)

Final exam in reading colloquial Indonesian: 20% (LOs 1,2,3)

Class performance: 10% (LOs 1,2,3,4)

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Two class hours per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course students must have previously completed INDN3002 or INDN3003 or equivalent, or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Indonesian language placement test. Incompatible with INDN6015.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on wattle. 

Preliminary Reading

Newmark, M., A Textbook of Translation, Phoenix ELT, Hertfordshire, 1995




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4474 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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