• 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 skills in translation from Indonesian into English along with knowledge of translation principles.  It deals with a wide range of texts from literature and 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 critique 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:

  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.

Other Information

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced level of Indonesian.


Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level.


Relevant past experience includes:

-       Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)

-       Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend

-       Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken

-       The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)


Students who are not sure if they need to undertake a language proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.


Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In-class tests of translation x 2 (20) [LO 2,3,4]
  2. Take-home assignments: translation + commentary x 2 (50) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Final exam in reading colloquial Indonesian (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Class performance (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course requires a total of 130 hours of work on the following activities: Two class hours per week, online activities and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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 proficiency assessment. Incompatible with INDN6015.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on wattle. 


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8178 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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