Undergraduate Course: Swahili 1A (LLLJ08001)
|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||Swahili 1A provides a contemporary, interactive and stimulating 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 contemporary and historical aspects of East African literatures, cultures and societies. By the end of the course, students will be able to confidently interact in everyday situations and continue their learning by taking Swahili 1B if they wish to do so.
Swahili 1A aims to provide students with a strong grounding in the key concepts of Swahili grammar, a wide range of vocabulary related to everyday situations and an introductory insight into various contemporary and historical aspects of East African literatures, cultures 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.
Swahili 1A is based on a modern curriculum 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 a wide range of vocabulary as well as of basic grammatical elements such as the key tenses and majority of the noun class system. They will also have been introduced to several elements of Swahili literature and culture and will have discussed the lives of several important individuals in East African history. Completion of Swahili 1A will qualify students to continue onto Swahili 1B if they wish to do so.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 44,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||In light of the university's plans for hybrid teaching in Semester 1 2020-21, assessment has been adapted to 100% coursework as detailed below.
40% Average of 3 progress tests, 30% Participation, 30% Oral assessment
Details of the assessment will be provided in the course handbook at the beginning of the course.
[Assessment structure beyond 2020-21:
Final Exams 50%
Final Exams: 40%: 2-hour end-of-semester written exam, 10%: 15-minute end-of-semester oral exam
Coursework: 30%: The average of the three progress tests, 10%: mid-course assignment, 10%: Class participation]
||Assignments will be returned with feedback within 15 working days of submission. In addition, students will receive weekly formative feedback to their homework.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand and use correctly basic syntactic structures and a wide range of vocabulary related to everyday situations
- to read and understand short simple texts on a variety of topic
- show an awareness of some contemporary and historical aspects of East African literatures and cultures
- to write a short simple composition on topics related to personal information such as describing your family, daily habits or travel experiences
- demonstrate confidence to communicate and interact in a range of situations and on a variety of themes relevant to every- day life in Swahili-speaking areas
|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.
- Mpiranya, Fideżle. 2015. Swahili grammar and workbook. London and New York: Routledge.
- Wilson, Peter. 1985. Simplified Swahili. London: Longman.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and Understanding
Practice: applied knowledge and understanding
Generic cognitive skills
Communication and ICT skills
Autonomy, accountability and working with others
|Course organiser||Ms Teresa Poeta
Tel: (0131 6)50 4400
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855