WEBSITE: http://www.seasite.niu.edu/flin

Instructor: Patricia B. Henry [Fall 2008 schedule]
Office: 123 Watson Hall, Dept. of Foreign Langs. & Lits.
Office hours:  by appointment
Phone: (815) 753-6454 (office) or 815-756-8992 (home), or 815-761-1790 (cell)
email: phenry@niu.edu

Teaching Assistants: 

Silvia Ginting
email:  silvia_rehulina@yahoo.com
Office:  Reavis 117
Phone: 753-4221(office)
Ahmad Fitri bin Ayob
email: hmadfitriayob@gmail.com
Office:  Reavis 117
Phone: 753-4221(office)

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 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.


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   MTuWThF DuSable 248


You must have the text in order to take the course. This means having both the Course Book and the Activity Book (or the pages for that 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 site on the World Wide Web 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 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 at two o'clock, or your classroom participation grade starts nose-diving.  You will also get a short quiz at the beginning of each class over the homework assigned the previous day.  This will be another factor in calculating your classwork grade.

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 I catch you texting, you will get a ZERO for that day's class participation.  Repeat offenders will be penalized accordingly.


IF YOU HAVE AT LEAST A 57 point average in your tests and quizzes or higher (in other words, if you are at least within 3 points of a passing grade of 60), I will also average in up to 100 points for your classwork (which includes homework assignments and participation in class). PLEASE NOTE: I really do value class participation, and I really mean it when I say I will give up to a hundred points for it, assuming you are passing your tests and quizzes. HOWEVER: If, for example, you are doing C work on your quizzes, it would take a really dramatic contrast between your quiz work and your daily work (when I 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 quiz and test grades. I 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 - QUIZZES: there will be 6 quizzes given during the semester, worth 20 points each, the lowest of which will be dropped. If you are absent when a quiz is being given, that is the quiz which will be dropped. If you are absent for more than one quiz, you must work something out with me, in advance if at all possible.

100 points - MIDTERM EXAM: this will be an hour exam, given during the week of October 13-17, 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, I will usually have you sit in a semi-circle, or in small groups; I may also move you around if I get bored seeing you in the same seat all the time, so don’t get all territorial about where you sit.

For tests and quizzes, you will be asked to sit in alternate seats, directly behind the person in the row in front of you.

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 I will give you a failing grade for the assignment or test, and if you cheat on a major test or for a second time, I WILL GIVE YOU A FAILING GRADE IN THE COURSE; if the situation warrants, I also can (and will) seek more stringent sanctions against you through the University Judicial system.


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.  Due to assorted miscommunications (let's blame MyNIU!), you are NOT being charged a $48 fee for this class, and thus will NOT be able to use the Foreign Language Learning Center. IF THIS BECOMES AN OBSTACLE to your work for this class, I want to hear about it, and will strive to get the fee reinstated for those of you who really need the FLLC.  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, I expect you to be in class Monday through Friday, at 2 pm, 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

If you come late to class (= after I have finished taking attendance), you should write your name and the date on a piece of paper and hand it to me at the end of the hour. Otherwise, I 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 me about it before too many tardies pile up.

(subject to modification if conditions warrant)

WEEK 1: Aug 25 - 29 Stage 1, Introduction, Topic 1
WEEK 2: Sept 2 - Sept 5 (Labor Day -- no class on Monday) Topic 1 **QUIZ 1**
WEEK 3: Sept 8 - 12 Topic 2
WEEK 4: Sept 15 - 19 Topic 2 **QUIZ 2**
WEEK 5: Sept 22 - 26 Topic 3
WEEK 6: Sept 29 -Oct 3   Topic 3 **QUIZ 3 ** Topic 4
WEEK 7: Oct 6 - 10 Topic 4
WEEK 8: Oct 13 - 17 Topic 4, REVIEW 1 -4 **MIDTERM**
WEEK 9: Oct 20 - 24 Topic 5
WEEK 10: Oct 27 - 31 Topic 5 **QUIZ 4** Topic 6
WEEK 11: Nov 3 - Nov 7 Topic 6
WEEK 12: Nov 10- 14 Topic 6 **QUIZ 5** Topic 7
WEEK 13: Nov 17 - 21 Topic 7
WEEK 14: Nov 24 - 25 Topic 7 **QUIZ 6** ****THANKSGIVING VACATION****
WEEK 15: Dec 1 - 5 REVIEW 1-7

FINAL EXAM:    Mon. December 8, 2008 2-3:50 p.m.