SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Somali 1

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Full Year
The Aim of this module is to provide students with a basic knowledge of the grammar of Somali along with vocabulary which will be of use to them in day to day situations in the Horn of Africa. In taking this module, students will develop language learning skills which will enable them to further their competence in Somali either through taking further formal modules or on their own through working with Somalis and/or other textbooks available on the language.


None. Available as an open option to students on other degrees within SOAS.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge and understanding of basic Somali grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of essential Somali vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Somali structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Somali on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages in written Somali on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Somali and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics


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

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); a 15 minute oral examination taken in May/June (30%); in class tests (10%).

Suggested reading

  • Colloquial Somali (M. Orwin; Routledge, London; 1995).


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