SOAS University of London

African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

Directed Readings in an African Language

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Full Year

This module will allow students with a good knowledge of an African language to undertake directed readings in that language under the guidance of a supervisor in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa. The language will be one indigenous to Africa rather than readings in a European language by writers from Africa. The readings will be decided upon in consultation with the supervisor. The student will meet with the supervisor regularly to discuss progress and seek assistance in understanding the texts.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • read in the chosen language with greater proficiency developing vocabulary and grammatical knowledge;
  • understand more about the language and its use in written form;
  • have a greater knowledge of the cultural topics which are the focus of the readings;
  • develop translation skills.


Total of 12 hours individual supervision throughout the year.

Scope and syllabus

There is no set syllabus for this module. Each student will arrange a suitable reading programme with their supervisor and plan a course of study. The focus of the reading may be more linguistics-oriented, looking at particular aspects of syntax, morphology etc. of the language through the readings, or looking at stylistic aspects. On the other hand the reading programme may be more oriented towards cultural aspects whether these be specifically literary features of the texts or culture as the subject matter of the texts.

Method of assessment

Log-book of 7,000 words (or equivalent) relating to the directed readings focussing on language-related or content-related issues or both to be submitted on day 5, week 1, term 3 (100%).

Suggested reading

These will be determined before the beginning of the module between the student and the supervisor according to the language and focus the student will be taking.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules