Professional learning, student activities and resources

Indonesian language teacher training scholarships

A number of Language Teacher Training Scholarships are available for Indonesian language teachers who are currently employed in Victorian Government mainstream schools to undertake a Languages Methodology course.

Applicants must have a major in the language or a Statement of Equivalence as well as a Victorian Institute of Teaching registration. Teachers without a language major can obtain a Statement of Equivalence from a Victorian university to verify that the knowledge and competence in the language meets the standard of a major study in the language.

Applications must be submitted by 30 April 2019.

For more information and to apply, contact the Languages Unit at

Indonesian Language Immersion Workshops

Primary and secondary teachers of Indonesian are invited to the first of four independent immersion workshops, each taught across one weekend as a residential language immersion program.

Workshop 1: Political and Media Cultures

It is often said that politics should be one of the banned subjects at the dinner table but people are intrinsically interested in power, how it is gained and how it is lost. In 2019 both Australia and Indonesia will go to the polls so it is unlikely that conversations about politics will be restricted to standard political forums. In Indonesia the elections will take a festive air with colourful party flags being flown from many buildings and political rallies which begin with dangdut music and pop songs. This workshop looks at both the festive and mundane approaches to politics in one of the world's largest democracies. In particular, it looks at past and present political culture through news reporting and media events. Topics will include the reporting of presidential visits, Islam in politics, grass roots democracy, false news, politics in popular culture and the electoral process.

Dates: 5 - 7 April 2019
Location: Mannix College – Residential College, Wellington Rd, Clayton VIC 3800
Registration Fee: The workshops are funded by DET. However, a small registration fee is applicable. $50 twin share; $100 single room (subject to availability) 
All other costs including accommodation, meals and all training material will be provided free of charge.

Registrations close 29 March 2019.
For more Information and to register, see Indonesian Language Immersion Weekends

Workshop 2

Dates: 24-26 May 2019
Location: Geelong area (place TBA) 
Topic: Indonesian Film Cultures

Workshop 3

Dates: 19-21 July 2019
Location: Melbourne CBD (place TBA) 
Topic: Consuming Cultures and Cultures of Consumption

Workshop 4

Dates: 6-8 September 2019
Location: Mornington Peninsula, (place TBA)
Topic: Gender and literature in Indonesia

Indonesian Language Model UN Conference

The United Nations Australia Association (Victoria), along with the Languages Unit, DET, and the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association (VILTA), is holding a Model United Nations in Indonesian for VCE Indonesian students.

Topic: Planet Ocean: Protecting the World's Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources

Take the place of a representative at the United Nations for a day and come and discuss this global problem at the Indonesian Language Model UN Conference.

Date: Thursday 30 May 2019, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Location: Treasury Theatre, 1 MacArthur Street, Lower Plaza, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Catering: The Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association (VILTA) will be generously providing morning tea and lunch on the day.
Cost: Free. Teachers can ask VILTA about possible reimbursement of appropriate attendance expenses for government school participants e.g. travel.

Registration closes on 4 March 2019.
For more Information and to register, see Indonesian Language Model UN 2019

Video conference with The Conversation Indonesia

Date: Wednesday 8 May 2019, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Topic: The speed of political change and the impact on stability in Indonesia

The Conversation is a news and perspectives website that features evidence-based articles written by academics with deep subject expertise.

VCE Indonesian students are invited to meet with members of The Conversation's team in Jakarta via video conference. Students will 

  • learn about The Conversation's approach to evidence-based journalism
  • participate in a discussion about the speed of political change and the impact on stability, including key issues in the 2019 Indonesia's presidential election.

This workshop provides an excellent opportunity for VCE students to explore the VCE Indonesian themes related to the changing world and social issues. During the workshop, students will learn about the speed of political change and the impact on stability, while developing their language skills.

An article written by The Conversation Indonesia on democracy in Indonesia with a comparison to Australia and key issues in the 2019 Indonesia's presidential election will be distributed to participants prior to the workshop.

Students will be able to participate in this workshop via video conference from their school or from the Conversation Australia's office on Level 1, 715 Swanston Street, CARLTON

Registration close Wednesday 1 May 2019
Please register your interest with the Languages Unit at


  • Two Very Silly Orangutans – A highly engaging Indonesian literacy-rich unit for Foundation to Level 2. The unit caters for all students including students from an EAL background – making mixed ability classrooms really work. This new literacy-based resource for Indonesian has been aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and demonstrates how learning a second language can support literacy, language and numeracy acquisition across languages.

Curriculum support

  • Victorian Curriculum Indonesian contains information and resources to support implementation of Victorian Curriculum Indonesian including the Rationale and Aims, Structure, Scope and Sequence and Resources which provide links to the Victorian Curriculum F-10 Resources and Support and Curriculum Planning Resources
  • Approaches to languages education - information about the types of languages programs in Victorian schools.

Educational kits

The FUSE digital resource has a range of resources for Indonesian, including: 

For more information, see FUSE

Online resources

  • Languages Online - developed by the State of Victoria (Department of Education and Training) offering free interactive resources for Languages teachers and students
  • Language Learning Space - web-based platform offering resources and services to support teachers and students in Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese language classrooms
  • Buku Sekolah Elektronik is a website of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia which provides electronic Indonesian school books for primary to junior high school students. These resources provide authentic language and cultural information to support the teaching and learning of Indonesian.
  • Asia Education Foundation-Languages - generic and language-specific Australian Curriculum information, links and resources to support teachers and school leaders
  • Indonesian reader - multimedia Indonesian reader resource comprises 30 passages
  • Go Indonesia! - developed for use by students in the classroom or at home during their middle years of schooling.
  • SEAsite Indonesia  – free interactive language lessons and cultural content
  • Indonesian online  – the Indonesian Language Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa provides free lesson access to an online Indonesian language beginner’s course

Key contacts

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