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Postgraduate Course: Swahili 1B for postgraduates (LLLJ11002)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySwahili 1B for postgraduates is designed to build on Swahili 1A and provides students with the opportunity to further develop their Swahili language skills in an interactive, stimulating and effective way. This course will bring students to A1 level of language proficiency as formulated in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) while also give students the opportunity to engage with elements of traditional as well as modern East African cultures. By the end of the course, students will have been provided with a solid basis for further study and/or travelling to the region for research or work.

Course description In Swahili 1B for postgraduates, students will increase their knowledge of key grammatical concepts and useful vocabulary, while also looking at relevant topics, such as East African music and festivals, Swahili literatures and translation, Swahili cuisine, travel and tourism, the East African film industry or the Swahili diaspora around the world. Students will also learn basic skills to perform an interview in Swahili and apply these skills in hands-on exercises.

While the course does follow on directly from Swahili 1A for postgraduates, students who did not take this course will be considered, providing they are sufficiently comfortable with the grammar and vocabulary required. If you would like to enrol onto Swahili 1B, but you have not completed Swahili 1A, please contact the course convenor.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThe course is designed to build on Swahili 1A for postgraduates and therefore successful completion of Swahili 1A is preferred. Students who did not take this course will be considered, providing they are sufficiently comfortable with the grammar and vocabulary required. If you would like to enrol onto Swahili 1B for postgraduates, but you have not completed Swahili 1A, please contact the course organiser.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
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) 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 Assignments will be returned with feedback within 15 working days of submission. In addition, students will receive weekly formative feedback on their homework.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. comfortably use a range of syntactic structures and some vocabulary beyond everyday interactions
  2. to read and understand simple texts on a variety of topic
  3. to deliver a short oral presentation and answer related questions
  4. to write a short composition on topics related to aspects of East African literatures and cultures
  5. to communicate with native speakers in simple ever- day life situation
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,Kenya,Tanzania,Uganda,Rwanda,East Africa
Course organiserMs Teresa Poeta
Tel: (0131 6)50 4400
Course secretaryMiss Nicola Dove
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