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Swahili Elementary Course

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Following on from Beginners, this Elementary course aims to build on the first year's work with the view to achieving higher levels in spoken Swahili and provides basic translation skills. Those who have not done the beginners course but are confident in basic Swahili may also join.


The course is taught in English and Swahili. Coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. A balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

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3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term classes are subject to quorum requirements.




Course materials, if not supplied, are not included in the fee but can be purchased from SOAS bookshop Please see under the syllabus tab for course content and materials.

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