Undergraduate Course: Culture and Society of Tanzania with Swahili Language for Beginners (Summer School) (AFRI08006)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||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||Culture and Society of Tanzania with Swahili Language (Beginners) provides a contemporary, exciting, immersive and intensive introduction to the Swahili language and to various aspects of modern and traditional East African culture during four weeks in Tanzania.
Culture and Society of Tanzania with Swahili Language (Beginners) is a summer school course which provides a strong and effective grounding in the crucial concepts of Swahili grammar and 500 widely used items of vocabulary for learners with little or no prior experience in the language. It also presents an introductory insight into both traditional and contemporary elements of East African culture and society and aims to be challenging, stimulating and interactive, providing students with ample opportunity for practice in speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students will be based at the family home of the first president of independent Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, in the small village of Butiama, and will have the benefit of full-immersion in a Swahili-speaking environment steeped in history. Cultural insights will take the form of a number of interactive activities, such as drumming and dancing lessons, cooking lessons, visits to local healers and clay pot making sessions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand over 500 items of Swahili vocabulary, including important verbs, adjectives and nouns in both singular and plural forms
- Gain an ability to use four key tenses in both the affirmative and the negative
- Develop in using the first ten Swahili noun classes, including how to make agreements within sentences
- Cultivate an awareness of key figures in East African society
- Develop a working knowledge of both traditional and contemporary cultural norms in the East Africa region
|Keyswahili Book One (unpublished), by Stephen Kaye|
Simplified Swahili, by Peter Wilson
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research & Enquiry:
To have an interest in learning Swahili and utilizing it in a correct environment.
The desire to develop a deep(er) insight into how Swahili functions in daily life and how it relates to culture.
Personal & Intellectual Autonomy:
The ability to engage with completely new patterns of grammar, including noun classes and agglutination.
The ability to utilize and develop what one has learnt outside of the classroom in more natural environments.
The ability to develop linguistic coping mechanisms when confronted with speakers using unfamiliar language and structures.
The ability to work independently, especially in terms of memorizing new vocabulary.
Communicate effectively with other people, using verbal and written means and through all class activities, such as oral presentations.
|Course organiser|| Stephen Kaye
|Course secretary||Miss Jennifer Tempski
Tel: (0131 6)51 4836