Indonesian Language Classes: CBD

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!)

When: Weekly on Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30 pm (with a 15-minute break) during school terms (see dates)

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.


Teacher: Bapak Paul van Wessem

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! 


Teacher:  Ibu Lily Djajamihardja

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:

  • The important events of Ramadan and Lebaran
  • Pulang kampung (returning to the hometown)
  • Tana Toraja in Sulawesi
  • Orangutan rehabilitation in Kalimantan
  • Connecting ideas using kalau and sebaiknya

  • Connecting ideas using sesudah, sebelum, tetapi, karena and jadi 

  • Giving advice

  • 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!


Teacher:  Ibu Nani Pollard

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. 

Term dates

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
 15 June
 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
(10% discount)
 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


In order to determine a student's eligibility for a refund or credit of language class fees, AIAV must first receive written notice of withdrawal and request of refund or credit from the student either by a signed letter or email to

Once AIAV receive your refund request, we will assess it on its merits and notify you of the status of your refund. 

Refund or credit will only be given when the notice is received within 5 days prior to your next scheduled class in that particular term. 

Please note that refunds will only be given for discontinuation of the study for the rest of that particular term.

If your refund request is approved, we will initiate a refund either in the form of credit or fund transfer to your bank account (please provide banking details) within 30 days of the approval date.

AIAV reserves the right to amend its policies and fee structure whenever considered necessary and appropriate to reflect changes in economic conditions. It is the students' responsibility to ensure that they are informed and aware of this policy.


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.

    Immersion Courses

    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

    The following details may be used for written correspondence to the AIAV.  To submit an immediate web inquiry, you can email us on the addresses below or use the Contact Us page to submit a web inquiry:

    PO Box 527
    Carlton South  VIC 3053
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