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Undergraduate Course: Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1B (AFRI08003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIntroductory Swahili Language and Culture 1B provides further contemporary, interactive, stimulating and effective introduction to both the Swahili language, which is the most international and widely-spoken of all the indigenous languages on the African continent, and to various aspects of modern and traditional East African culture.
Course description Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1B is designed to build on Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1A and provides the opportunity to obtain an intermediate level of the language. The course has been designed to provide a contemporary, engaging and effective model of learning that will enable significant progress in a short space of time. Students will increase their knowledge of key grammatical concepts and useful vocabulary, while also looking at relevant topics, such as mobile banking, tourism and literature. There are also opportunities to cook and sample homemade East African dishes, watch a Kenyan film and contribute to the production of a Swahili language guidebook to Edinburgh that will be made available to East African visitors to the city.

Completion of Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1B will leave the most dedicated students at a lower-intermediate of the language, providing a solid basis for further study or travel to the region for leisure, employment or research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements While the course does follow on directly from Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1A, students who did not take this course will be considered for Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1B providing they are demonstrably competent in the requisite grammar and vocabulary.
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 14/01/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 60 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment Components:

30%: The average of the three progress tests
40%: 2-hour end-of-semester written exam
10%: Independent language project
10%: 15-minute end-of-semester oral presentation of the independent project
10%: Class participation
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Written Exam2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1B students will:

    - understand a further 500 items of Swahili vocabulary, including more complex verbs, compound adjectives and some specialised terminology in fields such as academia, technology and politics.
  2. - be able to communicate using a number of more complex tenses and verb extensions.
  3. - be confident in using all Swahili noun classes, including those related to location.
  4. - be able to discuss certain relevant themes in greater depth, such as mobile banking, tourism and drug use.
  5. - have contributed to the production of a Swahili language guidebook to Edinburgh that will be available to East African visitors to the city.

    See Supporting Documents for further detail on how the course complies with SCQF Level 08 intended learning outcome indicators (i.e., Knowledge and understanding; Practice: Applied knowledge, skills and understanding; Generic cognitive skills; Communication, ICT and numeracy skills; Autonomy, accountability and working with others).
Reading List
- TUKI. Kamusi ya Kiswahili-Kiingereza/Swahili-English Dictionary. 2001. Dar es Salaam: Institute of Kiswahili Research.
- TUKI. English- Swahili Dictionary/Kamusi ya Kiingereza-Kiswahili. 2009. Dar es Salaam: Institute of Kiswahili Research.
- Wilson, Peter. 1985. Simplified Swahili. London: Longman.

There is no set textbook as the tutor is currently developing one specifically for the course. The materials from this will be provided to the students by the tutor. The textbook will be complete by August 2015.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSwahili Kiswahili Language Culture Africa Kenya Tanzania Uganda
Course organiserMs Teresa Poeta
Tel: (0131 6)50 4400
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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