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Undergraduate Course: Swahili 1A (LLLJ08001)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySwahili 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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%
Coursework 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]
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand and use correctly basic syntactic structures and a wide range of vocabulary related to everyday situations
  2. to read and understand short simple texts on a variety of topic
  3. show an awareness of some contemporary and historical aspects of East African literatures and cultures
  4. to write a short simple composition on topics related to personal information such as describing your family, daily habits or travel experiences
  5. 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
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
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
KeywordsSwahili,Kiswahili,Language,Culture,Africa,East Africa,Kenya,Tanzania,Uganda,Rwanda
Course organiserMs Teresa Poeta
Tel: (0131 6)50 4400
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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