SOAS University of London

African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG)

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Full Year


15PAFC140: Swahili 1 (PG) or equivalent

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. Intermediate level competence in Swahili, with focus on reading, writing and grammar
  2. the ability to understand and engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday topics and some specialised others
  3. the ability to read and write texts of general interest with the help of a dictionary
  4. a knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and specifically about the history and sociolinguistics of Swahili language


A total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 2 hour lecture, one hour tutorial and 1 hour language laboratory session.

Scope and syllabus

This module builds on the basic grammatical knowledge and oral skills acquired in Swahili I.  Students will be introduced to texts on an intermediate level, such as short stories, essays, newspaper articles, and other authentic language materials. At the end of the module students should manage to interact with Swahili speakers in Swahili, and to use original Swahili language sources for research purposes.

Additionally, they will receive a series of special lectures structured around six themes: Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation provided for PG students studying different languages to introduce them to language-based scholarship and research. The aim is to provide them with the critical and methodological skills necessary to relate their acquired Swahili to thematic aspects of their studies.

Method of assessment

  • One three-hour examination (60%);
  • One oral examination and an aural exam taken in the language lab (20%);
  • Two tests (20%).


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