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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Somali 2 (postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PAFC133
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

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 Somali grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Somali vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Somali structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand passages in written Somali of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce passages in written Somali of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Somali and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics
  7. knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Somali in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours language classes per week. There will also be 12 hours over the 22 weeks spent in lectures/ tutorials.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides teaching and learning of intermediate level Somali language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Somali. The course covers complex points of sentence structure and how these fit into discourse structure, particularly with reference to focus. Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and discussing a variety of Somali texts dealing with different topics and of different length and complexity.

The course provides students with intermediate knowledge of Somali and practice of using Somali 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 Somali speakers in Somali and to use original Somali language sources within the level covered in the course. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Somali language as well as Somali culture, history and society.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (50%); one essay of 3,000 words to be submitted Friday of week 1, term 3 (30%); an oral examination (15%) taken in May/June, and coursework (5%).