Undergraduate Course: Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1A (AFRI08004)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1A provides a 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 various aspects of modern and traditional East African culture.
By the end of the course, students will be comfortable interacting in Swahili in everyday situations and will have a solid understanding of around 400 - 500 items of vocabulary, the key tenses and majority of the noun class system. They will also have been introduced to several elements of Swahili culture and will have discussed the lives of several important individuals in East African history. Completion of Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1A will qualify students to continue onto Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1B if they wish to do so.
Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1A aims to provide students with a strong grounding in the key concepts of Swahili grammar, over 500 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.
Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1A is based on a newly-designed curriculum and an innovative approach to learning that seeks to integrate an intensive and effective acquisition of the Swahili language with an understanding of the social and cultural conditions that continue to shape its development to this day. The knowledge developed through the course will not only benefit learners in everyday interactions, but also in integrating into East African culture and life and viewing their own relationship to the region from fresh perspectives.
By the end of the course, students will be comfortable interacting in Swahili in everyday situations and will have a solid understanding of basic vocabulary, the key tenses and majority of the noun class system. They will also have been introduced to several elements of Swahili culture and will have discussed the lives of several important individuals in East African history. Completion of Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1A will qualify students to continue onto Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1B if they wish to do so.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||40%: 2-hour end-of-semester written examination
30%: Your average mark over the three regular progress tests
10%: 1-hour listening test
10%: 15-minute end-of-semester oral exam
10%: Class participation
Note on Continuous Examinations: Examinations will be conducted in weeks 4, 7 and 10. They will cover the three previous lessons and will contain a mixture of reading, writing and listening exercises. The average mark of the 3 assessments forms 30% of the final mark.
Note on Grading: The grading system in place for Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1A ensures that students are tested in a variety of ways, helping to ensure that no element on language learning is overly favoured and that workload is more evenly spread throughout the year.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Written Exam||2:00|
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Listening Exam||1:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- By the end of Introductory Swahili Language and Culture 1A students will: - understand over 500 items of Swahili vocabulary, including important verbs, adjectives and nouns in both singular and plural forms.
- - be able to communicate using four key tenses in both the affirmative and the negative.
- - be confident in using the first ten Swahili noun classes, including how to make agreements within sentences.
- - be aware of some key figures in East African society (e.g., Wangari Maathai, Bi Kidude, Julius Nyerere), and demonstrate a working knowledge of both traditional and contemporary cultural norms in the region.
- - be confident communicating in a range of situations and on a variety of themes relevant to everyday life in East Africa. 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).
|There is no set textbook for this course and the core materials will be provided to the students by the tutor.|
For vocabulary and grammar reference students can use the following books held by the main library.
- 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Swahili Kiswahili Language Culture Africa Kenya Tanzania Uganda
|Course organiser||Ms Teresa Poeta
Tel: (0131 6)50 4400
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855