FLIN 103 BEGINNING INDONESIAN
WEBSITE: http://www.seasite.niu.edu/flin

Instructor:

Patricia B. Henry [Fall 2012 schedule]
Office: 123 Watson Hall, Dept. of Foreign Langs. & Lits.
Office hours: Mon Tu & Wed 1:00-1:50,  Th 3-3:50 and by appt.
Phone:  815-761-1790 (cell) or 815-756-8992 (home),
email: phenry@niu.edu

 

Teaching Assistant: 
Dyah Mitayani (Mita)
Office:  Zulauf 101
Office hours: M & W 1-1:50 and by appt.
Phone:
 815-508-1769 (cell)
email:
mitayani@gmail.com  

Text: Keren! 1  Course Book and Activity Book (with CD-ROM), by Ian J. White

***You MUST buy the Course Book (available in the HSC Bookstore and VCB, probably), and MAY buy the Activity Book plus CD-ROM.  However, if you wish, you can run off copies of the Activity Book pages from the CD.  If you go this route, you must keep track of the pages in a notebook or folder, put your name on them when you hand them in, etc.

YOU MUST BRING ALL THE ACTIVITY BOOK PAGES FOR WHATEVER CHAPTER WE ARE STUDYING IF YOU DON'T BRING THE WORKBOOK.

There is also a companion website for this book:  http://cwx.prenhall.com/bookbind/pubbooks/au_sch_white_keren1_1/

Class place and time:  2:00 - 2:50 Graham Hall 341                                

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

You must have the text in order to take the course. This means having both the Course Book and the Activity Book (or the Activity Book pages for THE ENTIRE chapter) with you, every day. If you forget your book, you can look on with someone, but this should happen very rarely.

Note that there is a wesite for Indonesian at NIU (see above). There is also a site for Southeast Asian languages, called SEAsite: http://www.seasite.niu.edu/ which has an Indonesian Language section. In order to access these, which you will be required to do, you must get yourself an NIU z number or some other log-on ID, and be able to figure out how to access the WWW from one of the many computer labs on campus. Get on it! 

Language always exists in a cultural context, and a vital part of learning language involves learning how to behave in another culture.  The following would not be allowed in a classroom in Indonesia, and will not be allowed in this one:  putting your feet up on chairs, eating or drinking in class, or chewing gum.   You are expected to be in class, on time, five days a week, with your homework prepared, ready to participate in class. This means that the reading of newspapers, discussion with friends, desperate last-minute attempts to finish homework, etc., ALL CEASE when class begins, or your classroom participation grade starts nose-diving. 

Conversations in class (even friendly attempts to explain something to a mystified classmate) can be distracting and disruptive; keep them to a minimum. Also, do not leave the classroom once class has begun unless it's a real emergency.  If you MUST leave, put up your hand and ask permission, in Indonesian (see page 5 of your Course Book).

There will be time during nearly every class period to ask questions if something is puzzling you, but there will also be times when you will need to practice something, even if you don't understand it completely; be patient and enjoy the mystery. You will also be expected to participate in group work to practice the language, so be prepared to move around and mingle.  Your behavior in class, while not graded as such, is part of your participation in class, which DOES receive a grade. BE NICE.

Finally, TURN OFF YOUR CELLPHONES when you come to class. If we catch you texting, you will get a ZERO for that day's class participation.  Repeat offenders will be penalized accordingly. Something involving throwing your phone out the window, perhaps.

GRADING SYSTEM

IF YOU HAVE AT LEAST A 57 point average in your tests or higher (in other words, if you are at least within 3 points of a passing grade of 60), we will also average in up to 100 points for your classwork (which includes homework assignments and participation in class). PLEASE NOTE: we really do value class participation.  HOWEVER: If, for example, you are doing C work on your quizzes, it would take a really dramatic contrast between your test work and your daily work (when we call on you, etc.) for you to be getting an A or even a B as a classwork grade. Doing all your homework exercises will NOT necessarily get you an A in classwork (although it would be very difficult to get an A in classwork WITHOUT doing all your homework). NOTE: If you are failing in your test grades, even good daily work will not pull you over the line, so DO NOT count on getting rescued by your classwork grade if you are bombing on your test grades. We will try to give you an idea of how you are doing, classwork-grade-wise, at mid-term if not sooner.

YOU MUST GET WORKBOOK ASSIGNMENTS IN ON TIME TO GET FULL CREDIT; if you do not, or if you get a substantial (my call!) portion of the assignment wrong, you will get half credit for it ONLY IF YOU CORRECT / COMPLETE IT.  If you don't complete or correct it, and hand it in the following day, you get zero points.

100 points - FRIDAY TESTS: there will be 12 small tests given during the semester, worth 10 points each, the lowest TWO of which will be dropped. If you are absent when a test is being given, that test will be dropped. If you are absent for more than two tests, you must work something out with me, in advance if at all possible.

These Friday tests will take no more than 25 minutes, after which there will be cultural presentations, videos, language games, maybe food and karaoke -- who knows!

100 points - MIDTERM EXAM: this will be an hour exam, given during the week of October 10-14 after completion of Topic 4 in Keren! 1.

100 points - FINAL EXAM: this will be a two-hour exam, given at the end of the semester covering all the material given during the semester.

For the final grade, all these points will be added and divided by three; if this number is 57 or above, your classwork grade will be averaged in as well. The letter grade will be assigned according to the following values:

90 - 100 = A

80 - 89 = B

70 - 79 = C

60 - 69 = D

0 - 59 = F

During class time, we will usually have you sit in a semi-circle, or in small groups; we may also move you around if we get bored seeing you in the same seat all the time, so don’t get all territorial about where you sit.

For tests we may move to another room if Graham Hall 341 is too crowded -- we'll see.

Academic misconduct (cheating -- trying to pass off someone else's work as your own) on tests or assignments will be taken very seriously. At the very least we will give you a failing grade for the assignment or test, and if you cheat on a major test or for a second time, WE WILL GIVE YOU A FAILING GRADE IN THE COURSE; if the situation warrants, we also can (and will) seek more stringent sanctions against you through the University Judicial system.

MULTIMEDIA

You can use the CD-rom that accompanies the text at home, and/or at the various computer labs on campus.  There is an audio component, so you need to be able to hear it (it uses Adobe and QuickTime).  You also have access to Foreign Language Learning Center.  There are and will be various resources available to you via the internet, so figure out a way to access it.

***** ATTENTION *****

In addition, be advised that there is an ATTENDANCE POLICY for this class. Basically, you are expected to be in class Monday through Friday, for the entire semester. Illness, family emergencies and other events may mean you have to miss class. You are allowed FIVE (5) absences per semester for such events. Three of these absences should be taken by midterm.  Any absence beyond FIVE will result in your final grade being dropped by 5 points (from 85 to 80, for example) for each absence over five. This means, if your final grade would be 85 and you have been absent 7 times (2 more than 5), your final grade will be 75.  IF there are special circumstances that require you to miss more than 5 classes, you will need to DOCUMENT these circumstances for me IN WRITING.

see also:
NIU Policies on religious observance; NIU policies on academic misconduct, attendance, and disability

If you come late to class (= after we have finished taking attendance), you should write your name and the date on a piece of paper and hand it to the instructor at the end of the hour. Otherwise, we will assume you are absent. THREE tardies count as one absence, so if you have a problem getting to class on time you should talk to us about it before too many tardies pile up.

SCHEDULE: FLIN 103, FALL SEMESTER 2012
(subject to modification if conditions warrant)

WEEK 1: Aug 27 - 31 Stage 1, Introduction, Topic 1;  FRIDAY TEST 1: 1st half of Topic 1
WEEK 2: Sept 4 - 7 (Labor Day -- no class on Monday);Topic 1; FRIDAY TEST 2: Topic 1
WEEK 3: Sept 10 - 14  Topic 2 -- FRIDAY TEST 3: 1st half of Topic 2
WEEK 4: Sept 17 - 21 Topic 2 ; FRIDAY TEST 4 Topic 2
WEEK 5: Sept 24 - 28 Topic 3; FRIDAY TEST 5: 1st half of Topic 3
WEEK 6: Oct 1 - 5 Topic 3, FRIDAY TEST 6: Topic 3
WEEK 7: Oct 8 - 12 Topic 4; FRIDAY TEST 7: 1st half of Topic 4
WEEK 8: Oct 15 - 19 Topic 4, REVIEW 1 -4 **MIDTERM, Topics 1 - 4**;
WEEK 9: Oct 22 - 26 Topic 5;  FRIDAY TEST 8: 1st half of Topic 5
WEEK 10: Oct 29 - Nov 2 Topic 5; FRIDAY TEST 9 Topic 5
WEEK 11: Nov 5 - 9 Topic 6;  FRIDAY TEST 10: 1st half of Topic 6
WEEK 12: Nov 12 - 16 Topic 6 ; FRIDAY TEST 11: Topic 6
WEEK 13: Nov 19 - 20 Topic 7; ****THANKSGIVING VACATION - no class Wednesday, Thursday, Friday****
WEEK 14: Nov 26 - 30  Topic 7; FRIDAY TEST 12: All of Topic 7
WEEK 15: Dec 3 - 7  REVIEW 1-7

FINAL EXAM:    Mon. December 10, 2-3:50 p.m. IN DUSABLE 461