Mode of Attendance: Part-time
Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.
This course 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.
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 10-week course.
The course will be based on the textbook: Colloquial Swahili (2nd Edition) by Donovan McGrath and Lutz Marten (2012/2015), Routledge. Order through your tutor and receive a 30% discount. You can order the book and download the audio free directly at the Routledge website: http://www.routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/colloquial/swahili.php
Online Course Requirements
Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page for the Collaborate Session Preparation and Checklist, Required Equipment & Software.
Entry Requirements and Progression Route
For the first stage of Swahili Beginners (i.e. Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Beginners 2 or 3 you should have completed Beginners 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours per each sub-level). The progression route from Swahili Beginners 1 is to Swahili Beginners 2; from Beginners 2 to Beginners 3. Upon successful completion of Swahili Beginners 3 you will be able to progress to the Elementary level course in Swahili.
Timetable Information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/enrolment/
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See more information on the Swahili language and courses in Swahili offered at SOAS Language Centre on the Swahili Language Homepage.
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