SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Hausa 1

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Full Year



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


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week. Students are also expected to spend one hour per week using computer-assisted, multimedia language learning materials.

Scope and syllabus

The module is designed to provide basic communicative competence in oral and written Hausa using Hausar Baka (Randell et al.) supplemented by ‘in-house’ teaching materials. The aim is to provide students with core survival-level skills in the language, using conversation, text reading, translation, comprehension, and computer-assisted materials, so that they can cope with the most common everyday tasks in contexts where effective communication is as important as accuracy. The module also equips students with a basic knowledge and understanding of Hausa culture.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (60%), an oral examination (30%) taken in May/June, and coursework (10%).

Suggested reading

  • Hausar Baka (Randell, Bature and Schuh, 1998)


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