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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Zulu 2

Course Code:
155900851
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Full Year
Continues the learning of the language begun in Zulu I.

Prerequisites

Zulu 1 (or equivalent)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  1. knowledge and understanding of intermediate Zulu grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Zulu vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Zulu structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand passages in written Zulu of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce passages in written Zulu of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Zulu and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week

Scope and syllabus

The course provides teaching and learning of intermediate level Zulu language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Zulu. The course covers complex points of word and sentence structure as well as textual relations in Zulu writing and discourse. Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and discussing a variety of Zulu texts dealing with different topics and of different length and complexity.

The course provides students with intermediate knowledge of Zulu and practice of using Zulu in a variety of everyday and more specialised situations, including the understanding and expression of opinions and different points of view. It allows students to interact with Zulu speakers in Zulu and to use original Zulu language sources within the level covered in the course. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Zulu language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Zulu.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); one oral examination of 20 minutes duration taken in May/June (30%); regular coursework (10%).

Suggested reading

1) The course will be based on

Mostert, Carola, Zulu 1 Course Materials, London, SOAS and additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.

2) Additional Zulu References
Zulu Learning Resources

Speak Zulu with Us (Beginners). CD Rom. African Voices, Diep River.
Speak Zulu with Us (Advanced). CD Rom. African Voices, Diep River.
Nxumalo, Thandiwe and Samuel D. Cioran. 1996. Funda IsiZulu! – Learn Zulu!: An Introduction to Zulu. Hamilton, Ontario: WXY Media for Juta Academic Publishing.
Townshend, J.B., 1993, Phezulu: Practical, Handy, Easy Zulu: A Beginner’s course 3rd ed., Pietermaritzburg etc.: Shuter & Shooter.
Wilkes, Arnett and Nicholias Nkosi. 1995. Teach Yourself Zulu. London: Hodder Headline.
C M Doke, D M Malcolm, J M A Sikakana, B W Vilakazi, 1996, English-Zulu/Zulu-English Dictionary, Witwatersrand University Press. (ISBN: 1868141608)

Linguistic Studies

Canoninci, Noveroni N. 1990. The Zulu Folktale Durban: Zulu Language and Literature, University of Natal.
Canoninci, Noveroni N. 1995. Zulu Grammatical Structure. Durban: Zulu Language and Literature, University of Natal.
Doke, Clement. 1931. Text-book of Zulu grammar. London : Longmans.
Doke, Clement. 1954. The Southern Bantu languages. London : OUP.
Hlongwane, J. B., ed. 1998. Some issues in African linguistics : Festschrift for A.C. Nkabinde. Pretoria : J.L. van Schaik.
Nkabinde, A. C., ed. 1988. Anthology of articles on African linguistics and literature : a Festschrift to C.L.S. Nyembezi. Johannesburg : Lexicon.
Poulos, George. 1982. Issues in Zulu relativization. Grahamstown : Dept. of African Languages, Rhodes University.
Poulos, George and Sonja E. Bosch. 1997. Zulu. München; Newcastle: LINCOM Europa.
Poulos, George and Christian T. Msimang. 1998. A linguistic analysis of Zulu. Pretoria : Via Afrika.
Taljaard, P. C. and Sonja E. Bosch. 1988. Handbook of isiZulu. Pretoria : J.L. Van Schaik.

Texts and critical editions

Gunner, Liz and Mafika Gwala, eds. 1991, Musho: Zulu Popular Praises. East Lansing: Michigan State University. (Zulu and English texts)
Koopman, Adrian, 2002, Zulu Names, Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press.
Masondo, M. M. 1998. One-act plays : a collection of one-act stage, radio and TV plays. Pretoria : Academica. (translated from Zulu)
Rycroft, D.K. and A.B. Ngcobo, eds., 1988, The Praises of Dingane. Izibongo zikaDingane, Durban: Killie Campbell Africana Library.
Schlosser, Katesa, ed. 1997. Zulu mythology / as written and illustrated by the Zulu prophet Laduma Madela. [translated by Vincent Zanoxolo Gitywa]. Kiel : Schmidt & Klaunig. (English and Zulu text)