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SOAS Language Centre

Swahili Elementary Course

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


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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.

Following on from the one-year course, this second year aims to build on the first year's work with the view to achieving higher levels in spoken Swahili and provides basic translation skills. Those who have not done the beginners course but are confident in basic Swahili may also join.


The course is taught in English and Swahili. Coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. A balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.


Not a total beginner? See our page on course assessments.



Course materials, if not supplied, are not included in the fee but can be purchased from SOAS bookshop bookshop@soas.ac.uk. Please see under the syllabus tab for course content and materials.

Language Centre How To Apply


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.