Speakeasy wrote:So, I sent a request for information to the CeLt who kindly responded today as follows: "Our old card catalog lists those materials simply as “Intensive Indonesian Program” by Harsono & Baird, 1965." I "Googled" the title and authors, but my search did not yield a source for the text. Does anyone have an idea of how a copy might be located?
I tried to find out whether any libraries in my area have a copy, and, while that doesn't seem to be the case, I found an entry for what appears to be another audio-lingual course for Indonesian:
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Titel: An audio-lingual course in Bahasa Indonesia / H. Hendrata
Sonst. Personen: Hendrata, Hendy
Ort/Jahr: Carlton : Hendrata, 
They also seem to have the tapes, unless they've thrown them away without updating the catalogue.
Incidentally, I must say I'm really impressed by the audio-lingual method. I found out about it only about half a year ago, when I began using FSI Korean*, and while I initially rejected the idea of going through drills, I've since come to appreciate it like few other things in language learning. I now find it both enjoyable and highly effective to go through drills, provided they are sufficiently varied and interesting. I think it's deplorable that thorough audio-lingual courses have been produced for only a relatively small number of languages, and I'm wondering why the methodology went out of style so early? Was it that educators thought they had found something better? Or was it simply that the zeitgeist turned against it?
* For anyone considering to use FSI Korean: Don't be turned off by people rejecting it on the grounds that the language was too formal, or that the speakers had a strange accent. It's an excellent course in every regard. It's comprehensive, it's got wit and it makes you want to continue. I've also been making labels for every drill up to unit 28 using Audacity, so it'll be possible to go through the drills using Anki, for example, without having to constantly refer back to the barely legible PDFs.