Online Indonesian Language Classes

Selamat datang (welcome) to Indonesian language classes online via Zoom!  

We hope you'll find all the information you need to get started right here! 

Ayo, ikutlah! (Come on, let's get started!)

When: Weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30 pm during school terms (see dates).

Where:  Via Zoom, with the teacher providing the link.

Levels: Introductory, Intermediate 1 & 2,  and Advanced classes are available each term.

Content: Introductory and Intermediate classes use the textbook but this is also supplemented with other activities and materials including media articles, films, poetry and songs.  The Advanced classes do not use a textbook as their studies are based more around topics.


Take this quick online quiz to get an idea of which level is most appropriate for you.

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: Pak Edan Runge

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, this level is for you! Instruction is in English.

Textbook: Indonesian Grammar in Context 1.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • The Indonesian alphabet and pronunciation.
  • Common greetings.
  • Introducing yourself (Kenalkan).
  • Terms of address.
  • Pronouns.
  • Numbers.
  • Family.
  • Parts of the body and illnesses.
  • Asking and telling the time (Jam berapa?).
  • Shopping (Di pasar).
  • Lost belongings.

Intermediate 1 

Teacher:  Bu Hellena Souisa

Welcome to Intermediate! By now you have the fundamentals under control and you are able to have conversations in Indonesian on  a range of topics. Now you can broaden your vocabulary and add more complexity, as well as learning more about life in Indonesia. Instruction is increasingly in Indonesian with explanation in English as required.

Textbook: Indonesian Grammar in Context 2.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Travelling to Bali.
  • Balinese culture, including upacara potong gigi.
  • Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city.

  • More about forming me- verbs.

  • Using -nya to comment on a topic.

  • Nouns with the pe- prefix.

  • Talking about body parts and clothing.

  • Using sesudah and sebelum to refer to time.

  • Transitive and intransitive verbs.

  • Describing experiences.

  • Using pernah to talk about places you've been and things you've seen.

  • Using yang to mean "the one who ...".

  • Shopping centres.

  • Using the passive voice, including di-.

Intermediate 2 

Teacher:  Bu Kelly Davies

This class builds on Intermediate 1, 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 generally in Indonesian.

Textbook: Indonesian Grammar in Context 3.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • 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!

Learning Indonesian Through Pictures

Teacher:  Bu Bea Awiati

After completing the 3 grammar books, we are offering a more creative approach to language learning before stepping up to the big league of Advanced.  This is an entry level Advanced class.  You will be learning Indonesian through the study of images of Indonesia as found on posters, advertising, signs, books, photos and so forth.  Revision of grammar is included as well as a broadening of your vocabulary.  No textbook is needed for this class.  You will be sent the image online and then invited to prepare for discussion in the following week.  Instruction is in Indonesian.


Teacher:  Pak Justin Wejak

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 the Introductory and Intermediate levels. However, more advanced aspects of grammar are included as revision at this level. Instruction is in Indonesian.

No textbook is used in the Advanced class as the materials are developed by the teacher. 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 2022 are listed below:

 Term Number of sessions Start date  End date 
 Term 1  8 sessions  Tue 8 February 
 Tue 29 March
 Term 2  8 sessions  Tue 26 April   Tue 14 June 
 Term 3  8 sessions
 Tue 19 July   Tue 6 September 
 Term 4
 8 sessions
 Tue 11 October   Tue 6 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 14 days before the commencement of class. 

Sorry, but we can't accept payment in instalments or week-by-week. Rates for the online classes are shown below.

 Term  Number of sessionsFull rate  Earlybird rate (10% discount)
 Term 1 8 Sessions  $240.00 $216.00
 Term 2 8 Sessions $240.00 $216.00
 Term 3  8 Sessions $240.00  $216.00
 Term 4  8 Sessions $240.00  $216.00  


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.


Asyik: Indonesian Grammar in Context 1, 2 and 3.


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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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