SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Swahili IIa Intermediate

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Year of study:
Year 2
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Full Year

This core course will build upon the basic communicative skills acquired in the first year with special attention paid to aural comprehension of recorded texts that vary from simple dialogues to a recorded play. In addition students will be introduced to texts on an intermediate level (short stories, essays, poems and a short novel) as samples of Swahili literature. Throughout the course the basic grammatical knowledge of Swahili I will be extended with particular reference to morphology and word formation. 

The objective of the course is:

  • to achieve competence in speaking and listening at an Intermediate-High level, 
  • to be able to read texts of general interest with the help of a dictionary, 
  • to increase the knowledge of basic vocabulary (about 4,000 words),
  • to know the morphology and some basic syntactical patterns, 
  • and to be able to handle general Swahili tools.


Successful completion of Swahili I

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


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

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (60%), an oral/aural exam (20%) taken in May/June, and Assignments (2 quizzes) 20%.

Suggested reading

The reading list for this course will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the course.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules