Swahili 2a Intermediate

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 2
Module code
FHEQ Level

Module overview

This module will build upon the basic communicative skills acquired in the first year with special attention paid to aural comprehension of recorded texts that vary from simple dialogues to a recorded play. In addition students will be introduced to texts on an intermediate level (short stories, essays, poems and a short novel) as samples of Swahili literature. Throughout the module the basic grammatical knowledge of Swahili I will be extended with particular reference to morphology and word formation.

Objective of the module

  • to achieve competence in speaking and listening at an Intermediate-High level,
  • to be able to read texts of general interest with the help of a dictionary,
  • to increase the knowledge of basic vocabulary (about 4,000 words),
  • to know the morphology and some basic syntactical patterns,
  • and to be able to handle general Swahili tools.


Successful completion of Swahili 1A and Swahili 1B

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 intermediate Swahili grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Swahili vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Swahili structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand passages in written Swahili of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce passages in written Swahili of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Swahili and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics


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

Method of assessment

  • 20% - Presentation
  • 30% - Curated exhibit (500 words in Swahili)
  • 20% - Oral conversation of medium to high level (15 minutes)
  • 30% - Final test
  • Exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page.

Suggested reading

The reading list will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the module.


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