Mode of Attendance: Part-time
Fees: Fees for this course are £150, payable in advance.
Essential Swahili 1 is a semi-intensive 1-week course of 10 hours aimed at those looking for a rapid introduction to spoken Swahili for the purposes of being able to understand and speak basic, everyday Swahili.
Duration: 1 week, 10 hours, Monday 16th July - Saturday 21st July 2018
Mode of attendance: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 18:00-20:00; Saturday 10:00-15:00 (including a 1-hour lunch break)
The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to colloquial Swahili. By the end of the course, students will have acquired a basic working vocabulary and some grammatical structures that will enable them to communicate within a limited range of situations. The course is equally suitable for those who want simply to get the most out of a visit to East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania) and for those who are new to the language and would like to take the first step in studying it (See also Essential Swahili 2).
For the timetable and the contents of the course please see the 'Structure' section of the webpage.
The course is taught in Swahili and English. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow for close intensive interactive practice.
The set text for this course is:
McGrath. D. and Marten, L. (2003) Colloquial Swahili (2nd Ed.) Routledge, London.
You can order the book and download the audio free at:
All courses will take place on the Bloomsbury campus of SOAS. Click here for a map of the Bloomsbury campus.
Room locations will be notified once the Registration Period for the course has closed.
There are discounts available for SOAS staff and students and also for staff and students of a number of University of London colleges. Please check here to see the list of colleges of which membership would qualify an applicant for a discount.
Terms and Conditions
Before applying, please be sure that you have read the SOAS Language Centre Terms and Conditions.
How to Apply
Since Essential courses presuppose no knowledge of the language, there are no assessments offered for this course. To apply, simply click on the relevant product in our Online Store (If a discount applies, please contact the relevant Administrator).
Please note that, if you wish to progress smoothly to the next level of study, you should expect to devote enough time out of class to self-study and revision. Although the summer courses are designed to ensure that you make progress regardless of how much self-study you do, we strongly recommend that you put sufficient private study time aside to support the in-class tuition you receive. Please be aware that the pace of the summer courses is fast-moving. For those who wish to study at a more leisurely pace (one contact session of 2 hours a week), our term-time courses are ideally suited.
Continuing Your Study
Essential Swahili 1 is designed to be a ‘stand-alone’ introduction to Swahili but is equally well suited to stimulating an interest in the language. As such, it is ideal preparation for Essential Swahili 2, available immediately after Essential Swahili 1.
You can book this course in our Online Store.