SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Afrikaans Beginners Course

One-year course with 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week

2016 Entry requirements

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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 intensive practice.

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.


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




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 You are advised not to purchase course materials until your course has been confirmed. 

Fees and funding


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You can view our short course timetables here.

You can enrol:

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; 33kb) 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; 107kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

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.