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Essential Swahili 2 Semi-intensive

Duration: 1 week, 10 hours

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Fees for this course are £150, payable in advance

Essential Swahili 2 is a semi-intensive 1-week course of 10 hours aimed at those who have taken Essential Swahili 1, or those who can already use very basic, everyday spoken Swahili and wish to improve their language skills.

Department: Language Centre

Duration: 1 week, 10 hours, Monday 23rd July - Saturday 28th 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 to those who have a very basic undestanding of it (See Essential Swahili 1). By the end of the course, students will have acquired an essential working vocabulary and the grammatical structures that enable them to communicate within a limited range of situations. The cultural context underlying the use of Swahili is explored so that learners will have an appreciation and an awareness of appropriate language use.

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

This course is intended as a continuation course for those who have taken Essential Swahili 1.

To apply, simply click on the relevant product in our Online Store (If a discount applies, please contact the relevant Administrator).

Important Note

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

Successful engagement with and completion of Essential Swahili 2 will allow participants to progress to Swahili Beginners 2, which will be available in the Spring Term of the academic year 2017-18.


You can book this course in our Online Store.


Summary of Course Content

Monday (18:00-20:00)

• Using the Future Tense
• Countries and nationalities
• Travel (including Swahili time)

Tuesday (18:00-20:00)

• Health and well-being
• Parts of the body
• Using the Past Tense
• Role play: visiting a doctor

Thursday (18:00-20:00)

• Giving and receiving directions
• Locating things (Where is …?)
• Useful vocabulary for locating things and places

Saturday (10:00-15:00)

• Ordering food and drink
• Role play: at the Restaurant
• Useful vocabulary associated with food and drink

• Revision and consolidation
• Practice activities and role play
• Tips for further study

Continuing Your Study

Successful engagement with and completion of Essential Swahili 2 will allow participants to progress to Swahili Beginners 2, which will be available in the Autumn or Winter Term of the academic year 2018-2019.