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Swahili Courses

Swahili 1: SWAHIL 0101 (FALL)

This is a beginning Swahili course, intended to introduce the language’s basic communicative situations and basic vocabulary and grammar. The course aims to promote practical application of the skills learnt in class in self-expression, description of everyday experience as well as enhancement of interpersonal interaction. The course uses mostly East African texts (reading passages, music and videos) to promote students’ understanding and appreciation of Swahili language and culture. While the main focus will be on enriching the students understanding of African culture through Swahili language, students are expected to relate the Swahili culture with their everyday experiences. Students will be expected to memorize vocabulary and utilize it in both speech and writing.

Swahili 2: SWAHIL 0102 (SPRING)

This course is a continuation of Swahili 1, intended to introduce the language’s basic communicative situations and basic vocabulary and grammar. This course will help you expand your vocabulary, grammar, and to express yourself creatively in both spoken and written Swahili. This course also aims to promote practical application of the skills learnt in class in self-expression, description of everyday experience as well as enhancement of interpersonal interaction. Although it includes all the four language skills, it initiates a special emphasis on the listening and reading skills.

Swahili 3: SWAHIL 0103 (FALL)

This course is a continuation of Swahili 2. It is an intermediate Swahili course designed to reinforce further communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Although this course will rely on the basic knowledge learnt in Swahili 1 and 2, it is designed to take you deeper into spoken Swahili, as well as deepening your functional grammar and your understanding of Swahili culture. Promoting communicative competence is the main goal of this course. Students are expected to develop their abilities in expressing abstract ideas and concepts.

Swahili 4: SWAHIL 0104 (SPRING)

This course is a continuation of Swahili 3 and part of the intermediate Swahili level. It is designed to strengthen communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course also is designed to take you deeper into spoken Swahili, as well as deepening your functional grammar and your understanding of Swahili culture. It also promotes communicative competence. Students are expected to develop their abilities in debating and expressing abstract ideas and concepts.

Swahili 5: SWAHIL 0105 (FALL)

This level targets the ACTFL advanced high level of proficiency. In this level learners can understand the main ideas from multi-contextual general topics. They should be able to produce appropriately long explanations and instructions in similar topics. They should be able to give their opinions and reactions towards such topics. They should be able to analyze simple lengthy literary/fictional works and debate different opinions in them.

Swahili 6: SWAHIL 0106

This is a continuation of of Swahili 5. In this level, learners are exposed to more multi-contextual topics for debating, discussing and analysing. Learners should be able to give opinions and reactions towards such topics. They should be able to analyze simple lengthy literary/fictional works and debate different opinions in them.