Mode of Attendance: Part-time
Swahili Beginners 1 online intensive introduces basic grammatical forms, essential frequent vocabulary and key aspects of pronunciation. You will have opportunities to practise communicating in Swahili on daily topics (see course content), listen for the gist of a short conversation, write about basic information (email, text message, postcard) and read short texts.
Duration: 15hrs of classes, 5 weeks
Swahili Beginners 1 Online Intensive (42879)
August-September 2022 Timetable:
The course is taught in Swahili and English with emphasis on speaking and listening using the taught language. There will also be some reading (translation) and writing (composing) with guided practice in language usage and use of authentic communicative activities. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.
This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the course.
This course will be based on the textbook:
Colloquial Swahili (2nd Edition) by Donovan McGrath and Lutz Marten (2012/2015), Routledge, London/New York.
The textbook is not included in the fee but can be purchased from the tutor (Donovan Lee Mcgrath, author) with a 30% discount (only applicable for on campus courses, not online)
You can order the book and download the audio free directly at the Routledge website: https://routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/colloquial/language/swahili.php
We strongly recommend waiting until your course is confirmed before purchasing the textbook.
Online Course Requirements
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£299. Please see our Fees Page for full information and discounts available.
Terms and Conditions
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How to Apply
This Swahili Beginners 1 course is aimed at complete beginners, no prior language knowledge is required. Click here to enrol for Swahili Beginners 1 (42879) online intensive. Please note that places are first come first served. Enrolments are taken until the course is fully booked, or up to midnight 17th July, whichever is soonest.
Continuing Your Study
This Swahili Beginners 1 course is equivalent to the 10 week Swahili Beginners 1 level. Students who complete this may be able to join a Beginners 2 for our next term starting October 2022, or a future term at SOAS Language Centre.