Introduction to Afrikaans
A 10-week course aimed at those who wish to understand and to make themselves understood in everyday spoken Afrikaans
Duration: 20 hours part time
Mode of Attendance: Part Time
This SOAS Language Centre course in Afrikaans is designed to give participants a basic conversational ability in the language. The course takes the form of a series of situation contexts in which participants will be asked to understand what is taking place around them and to respond in comprehensible and clear Afrikaans.
The course is taught in English and Afrikaans. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow close involvement.
Summary of course contents (by session)
- Introducing the Afrikaans language; pronunciation
- Greeting people; introducing oneself and others
- Getting around (1): numbers, time, days, directions
- Getting around (2): expressing wants, needs and intentions
- Combining sentences and constructing dialogues
- Preparing a dialogue in Afrikaans
- Social contexts (1): speaking about South Africa
- Social contexts (2): speaking about Afrikaans culture
- Reading practice in Afrikaans; short progress test
- Consolidation of vocabulary and grammar
Continuing your study
Subject to demand, the Language Centre will be scheduling an Introduction to Afrikaans Part 2 in January. Speaking and comprehension skills continue to be developed, allowing students to progress with confidence. Please keep an eye on the Language Centre website for further details as they become available.
The following has been prescribed as the set text for this course:
Lutrin, B. (2004) Afrikaans Handbook and Study Guide. South Africa: Berlut Books.
Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS Bookshop email@example.com. You are advised not to purchase course materials until your course has been confirmed.
Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London on one evening a week or Saturday daytime. Participants receive 20 hours of language tuition over a ten-week period (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a class session).
Language Centre How To Apply
You can enrol:
- online via our online store
- in person by filling out a form in the Language Centre
- by post by sending an Application Form (pdf; 39kb) to our office address
- Please read our Terms and Conditions before applying for a course
- We cannot accept cash payments under any circumstances
Not a complete beginner?
If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.
To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.
Course Fees and Discounted Rates
An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.
If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 39kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.
If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.