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Christopher K Githiora
AFRAM 307
Seattle Campus

Basic Swahili

Structure of spoken and written Swahili. Concentration on the acquisition of elemental conversational skill and an introduction to written texts of graded difficulty. Prerequisite: AFRAM 306.

Class description

This is a one-year course for level 1 learners in spoken and written Kiswahili (Swahili Language). Kiswahili is commonly spoken in East and Central Africa as well as parts of Southern Africa. The aim of the course is to provide a thorough introduction(Level 1)to contemporary Swahili. By the end of the course, students will have covered basic grammatical constructions and acquired an essential working vocabularly in Kiswahili allowing them to communicate within a limited range of situations in which learners are likely to find themselves. The language is presented together with the cultural context in which it is used so that learners are able to appreciate such things as appropriateness and linguistic etiquette when interaction takes places in the target language.

Student learning goals

1. Students will have covered basic grammatical constructions in Kiswahili.

2. Students will also have acquired an essential though limited working Kiswahili vocabularly.

3. Students will be able to operate using acquired grammar and vocabularly, within a limited range of situations.

4. Students will become familar, to a reasonable extent, with Swahili language and culture.

5. Students will be able to share with others, their knowledge of Swahili language and culture and that of Eastern Africa in general.

6. By acquiring knowledge of a second language and culture, and by comparing and contrasting US and EA cultures, students will begin to view EA and Africa in general along with other cultures of the world more critically. They'll also learn to see and use language as an important learning resource in their lives.

General method of instruction

Full-time in class instruction for 5 hours per week. Active leraning that includes daily lectures and discussions, reciting, in/out of class exercises and weekly take home assignments. There will be three quizzes and three main examinations. Course materials include handouts along with the main Textbook: Kiswahili: msingi wa kusoma na kuandika na Thomas J. Hinnesbusch na Sarah M. Mirza, c.1998

Recommended preparation

Daily reading, listening and speaking exercises as well as practices to help enhance learning Swahili as a second language. Weekly language laboratories practices that include listening and watching audios and videos/DVD's to help increase familarity with native Swahili phonetics, acoustics and images to help enhance listening, reading, writing and proper pronounciation of Swahili words, sounds and general Swahili discourse.

Class assignments and grading

This course is taught in English and Swahili with coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. This is designed to help achieve a proper balance between communicative activities, structure, practice and grammar. Students are expected to actively learn Kiswahili and will be called upon on a dialy basis to speak and answer questions in Kiswwahili.

Weekly Assignments = 30% 4 Quizzes worth 4 points each = 20% In-class participation = 10% Three Examinations = 30% Class attendance = 10% Total = 100%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Christopher K Githiora
Date: 01/28/2009