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Postgraduate Course: Swahili 1B (AFRI11002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionSwahili 1B builds on Swahili 1A. Both courses present a contemporary, relevant, stimulating and interactive experience in learning the Swahili language - the most international of all the indigenous languages on the African continent, and a language that is important for research and work in the greater East Africa region. Swahili 1A and Swahili 1B are based on a brand new and fully-integrated Swahili curriculum and workbook that has recently been designed by the course tutor. The courses provide a wide variety of visual and audio material taken from 21st century East African life, and incorporate genuine conversations, scenarios and reading materials, as well as interviews with Swahili authors and scholars, and references to contemporary themes such as mobile banking, local entrepreneurialism and a thriving music scene. The course is unique in that it seeks not simply to aid learners in everyday interactions, but also in performing basic research and understanding contemporary East African society.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements The course is designed to compliment Swahili 1A. Successful completion of Swahili 1A is essential for entry onto the course. There are no co-requisites or prohibited combinations.

Auditing is not permitted under any circumstances
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThe course is designed to compliment Swahili 1A. Successful completion of Swahili 1A is essential for entry onto the course. There are no co-requisites or prohibited combinations.

Auditing is not permitted under any circumstances
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  30
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information The course will be delivered through a series of:
- Interactive lectures
The 2-hour interactive lecture introduces new vocabulary and grammar. The interactive element of each lecture will see students working in groups to perform various exercises set by the tutor. The subsequent practice and discussion stimulated by these exercises will encourage a deeper understanding of newer concepts than would be possible under a purely didactic approach.
- Workbook tutorials
The 1-hour workbook tutorials are aimed at further developing the knowledge gained during the 2-hour interactive lecture through the usage of the various exercises, reading materials and audio/visual recordings contained in the workbook. This enables students to solidify their understanding of new concepts through practice and discussion and allows the tutor to expand on relevant East African themes, which should serve to make the language more stimulating and relevant. Where possible, workbook material will also be supplemented by external sources.
- Weekly conversation classes
These allow students to interact with native speakers of Swahili in smaller groups. These classes will be conducted solely in Swahili and thus learners will be taken out of their comfort zones and forced to think and converse to the best of their abilities. Other than enabling language practice, the key focus of these sessions will be to improve pronunciation and establish linguistic norms and scenarios.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Additional Notes Auditing is not permitted under any circumstances
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 50 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Swahili 1A and Swahili 1B aim to provide students with a strong grounding in the key concepts of Swahili grammar, over 1,000 vocabulary items and an introductory insight into both traditional and contemporary elements of East African culture and society. The course also aims to be challenging, stimulating and interactive, providing students with ample opportunity for practice in speaking, reading, writing and listening.

By the end of Swahili 1B, learners should be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of a further 500 items of vocabulary (including some specialised terminology in fields such as technology and literature), more complex tenses such as the causative and subjunctive, all noun classes and relative markers. By the end of the course, students should also be able to demonstrate an understanding of interview techniques and specific elements of East African culture.

After taking Swahili 1A and Swahili 1B, students will be equipped with a working knowledge of everyday Swahili to aid travel, work and research in East Africa. This would provide the basis for further study of Swahili at the intermediate level.
Assessment Information
Swahili 1B:

40% 2-hour written examination
20% 1-hour listening examination
15% 10-minute oral examination
15% continuous bi-weekly examinations. Only the best 3 results will be counted.

Continuous bi-weekly examinations
Examinations will be conducted in weeks 3, 5, 7 & 9. The best 3 results will be counted. These tests will cover a combination of listening, reading and writing skills. The themes covered in each exam will be as follows:

Week 3: vocabulary and grammar from weeks 1 & 2
Week 5: vocabulary and grammar from weeks 3 & 4
Week 7: vocabulary and grammar from weeks 5 & 6
Week 9: vocabulary and grammar from weeks 7 & 8

10% Group interview task to be presented in week 10.

The interview task
Students (in groups of 3-5) will be expected to conduct a short interview in Swahili (or English - tbc) with either a group or individual on a topic of their choice. They will then provide a 5-minute presentation in Swahili on their findings, which include some analytical analysis. At the end they will be expected to answer 2 or 3 questions. The interview and presentation formats will be flexible. Students may wish to record the interview in writing, with a camcorder or with an audio recorder and can present live or can record this too. The questions at the end will need to be answered live.

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Academic description Not entered
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Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list KeySwahili: The workbook
TUKI Swahili-English Dictionary
TUKI English- Swahili Dictionary
Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserDr Thomas Molony
Tel: (0131 6)50 6976
Course secretaryMs Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659
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