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Christopher K Githiora
AFRAM 308
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 307.

Class description

FIRST YEAR SWAHILI AFRAM 308 (PART 3) – SPRING 2009 Instructor: Dr. Kuria Githiora Class Time: 11:30-12:20 (Section A); 12:30-01:20 (Section B). Class Days: M-F. Venue: 11:30-12:20, Rm. 304, Denny Hall 12:30-01:20, Rm. 125, Thomson Hall Office Hours: Tuesdays/Thursdays. 9:30-10:30 or by Appointment Office location: B504, Padelford Hall Telephone: 206-543-4495 Email: kuria@u.washington.edu

Course Description This course is a continuation of where you left off in the winter quarter where you covered the different aspects of the Swahili Noun class system. With the understanding that you are at least conversant with the various types of noun classes in Swahili, it will now become easier from this point onwards to continue to understand the logic inherent in the consistent Swahili agreement pattern when it comes to composing grammatically correct sentences. This class will also help broaden your vocabulary and further enhance your listening and speaking skills along with proficiency in the language. So expect increased opportunities for dialogues as you continue to pay special attention to reading and accompanying comprehension activities in this class. The class will ensure that many dialogues are tailored to address pertinent grammatical needs. There will also be other dialogues designed to advance your levels of confidence in oral communication. Continue to pay attention to the way sample dialogues are structured in the class text, handouts and in verbal interactions in class in order to gain the skill to help structure and model your own dialogues from such examples. You are encouraged to continue to be creative and to try to feel free to test your proficiency in Swahili to the limit. Do not be afraid of making mistakes. Always remember that the best new language learners are the ones who are most adventurous and who are also willing to try and test what they’ve learnt, even when they make mistakes. In perfecting your Swahili proficiency, trust your intuition because in most cases, when you have a hunch for certain words or grammatical constructions, you’re most likely correct because you’ll have heard the same elsewhere in the last two quarters. Always remember that building proficiency in a new language does not happen overnight; it is gradual and no one expects you to become fluent in Swahili just yet. So, changamka (cheer up!) and remember that even native speakers of Swahili also make grammatical mistakes from which they soon recover! Many of our classroom exercise will involve conversations with your colleagues. The class is designed to help pair you with different people for every conversation session.

Objectives • Further understanding of the grammatical implications of the noun classes, • Increase both vocabulary and improve grammar, • Enhance communicative competence in Swahili, • Promote understanding of various aspects of East African language and culture, • Improve listening, reading and speaking skills.

Reading Materials 1. Hinnesbusch, Thomas J. and Sara M. Mirza. Kiswahili msingi wa kusema, kusoma na kuandika (2nd edition). Lanham, MD: University Press of America Press, 1998. 2. Moshi, Lioba J. Mazoezi Ya Kiswahili: Kitabu cha Wanafunzi wa Mwaka wa Kwanza / Swahili Exercises: A Workbook for First Year Students. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, c1988. (“To be used with Kiswahili msingi wa kusema, kusoma na kuandika by Thomas J. Hinnebusch and Sara M. Mirza,” cited above). Recommended 1. Aramati African Language and Research: http://www.aramati.org/ 2. Awde, Nichoals. Swahili –English, English-Swahili Practical Dictionary Hippocrene Books Inc., USA, 2001. 3. KIKO: Kiswahili kwa komputa, http://www.africa.uga.edu/Kiswahili/doe/ 4. Yale Kamusi Project, the Internet Living Swahili Dictionary: http://www.kamusiproject.org/

Course Requirements (a) Attendance Policy It is important that you attend all classes and participate in all classroom activities. These include conversational practices, asking and answering questions, and volunteering to respond questions. You are encouraged to sit in different places alongside different colleagues so that you can test your communicative skills with as many people as possible during conversational practices. There are roughly 40 days of classes. Unexcused absences will be penalized on your attendance grade as follows: • 2 missed classes, no penalty • 3 missed classes, 2 points • 4 missed classes, 4 points • 5 missed classes, 6 points Only the notification of absences that reaches the instructor before the beginning of the class will count as excused absence. Post lesson notification of absence will not be accepted as excused absence. Whether excused or unexcused absences, it is your responsibility to update yourself on what was covered during your absence. Missed examinations without prior notification will result in automatic loss of 10 points and missed quizzes will not be made up. Note: Be punctual and prepare adequately for class. Students with special needs will need to inform the instructor in advance.

Academic Integrity The University of Washington’s Code of Conduct prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty. These include engaging in cheating, plagiarism. Forgery, furnishing false information to the University and alteration or misuse of University documents, records, or identification. If a student engages in course-related academic dishonesty, his or her grade on the work in question or in the course may be lowered by the instructor. Any student wishing to protest the instructor’s action has recourse through the established grievance procedures, starting at the departmental level. Students are allowed to work in groups in some assignments but must write their own answers. See the following for additional information: http://depts.washington.edu/grading/issue1/honesty.htm

(b)Homework Although there will be various assignments during the week, only the assignment for Thursday will be recorded. Without exception, all assignments/homework must be turned in on Monday. Late homework will not be accepted. Absence will not be an excuse for failure to turn in your homework.

Compositions/Insha There will be two compositions that must be not less than 150 words. Insha will be handed out on a Thursday and will be turned in on Monday, without failure. Once corrected, you will correct any mistakes and return both the original and the corrected copy to the instructor for grading. All compositions must be typed and doubled-spaced to allow room for corrections. If you prefer to write, then you must keep a journal, preferably an 8 by 11 journal. Skip a line for corrections or comments. At the end of your composition, write down the number of words. Penalties: will result from failure to meet the length requirement and in repeating a mistake that the instructor has already corrected. Quizzes There will be three quizzes during weeks 3, 5 and 8. This should take approximately 15-20 minutes and will be done in class, preferably on Thursday in order to test what has been covered so far during the week. Make up quizzes will not be given.

Skit To be performed during our class language day which, will be announced later in class. You will be organized in groups of 4 or five and you will come up with an idea of the skit you’d like to perform.

Exams Two examinations will be held on Thursdays of Week 4 (#1, Thursday, April 24, 2009), and on Week 6 (#2, Thursday, May 7, 2009). Final Examination will be on Thursday, June 4th, 2009. Oral examinations will be done during the final week of classes and before the final examination.

Other Activities Film Two films will be shown this Spring Quarter. Following each film, you will answer questions or write a film report as part of your classroom participation.

Meeting with your Instructor There will be 1 extra credit for taking just five minutes of your time to meet your instructor. Talk to your instructor about your motivation, expectations and concerns. This has to be at the very beginning of the Spring Quarter.

Swahili coffee hour This will be held once every two weeks (total of 5 coffee hours in the 10 weeks) on Thursdays, in order to introduce students to more East African culture through music and video. The students will share various aspects of East African culture including music, videos, pictures and snacks. Volunteers will be asked to bring these items along with soft drinks. Preferred soft drinks include coffee, tea and ginger (tangawizi) drinks, water and juice. Students get extra 2 credits for attending and sharing in the three out of the 5 coffee hours planned.

Grading Policy Attendance 10% Class participation 5% Homework assignments 10% Skit 5% Insha 10% Portfolio 5% Quizzes 10% Two Examinations 20% Final Exam 20% Orals 5% Total 100%

GRADING SCALE A+ 95–100 4.1 A 90-94 4.0-3.9 A- 85-89 3.8-3.5 B+ 80–84 3.4-3.2 B 75-79 3.1-2.9 B- 70-74 2.8-2.5 C+ 65-69 2.4-2.2 C 60–64 2.1-1.9 C- 55–59 1.8-1.5 D 50-54 1.4-1.2 E 0–49 1.1-0.9 F 0–49 0.8-0.7

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE SPRING 2009 Week1: MARCH 30-.... O - OF REFERENCE/RELATIVE CHAPTER 24 April 3 DESTURI ZA ARUSI (uk.154-155) LANGUAGE LAB. Week 2: Apri 6-10 .......... RELATIVE CLAUSES CHAPTER 25 KARAMU YA ARUSI (ukurasa 160-162) LANGUAGE LAB. Insha # 1: Utamanduni wa Arusi katika jumuiya yetu. Week 3: April 13-17...........RELATIVE CLAUSES IN SENTENSES CHAPTER 26 Hadithi, mashairi na vitendawili DIALOGUE LANGUAGE LAB. Quiz #1 Week 4: April 20-24........... -VYO- RELATIVE OF MANNER CHAPTERS 27-28 MOMBASA NA NAIROBI EXAM #1 [Thursday April 23, 2009] LANGUAGE LAB. Filamu: Mama Tumaini (1986) by Martin Mhando & Sigue Endressen (61 min.) Week 5: April 27- May 1 .......SUBJUNCTIVES CHAPTER 20 Mashairi DIALOGUE LANGUAGE LAB. Quiz #2 Week 6: MAY 4-8........SUBJUNCTIVES CHAPTERS 21-22 Utalii LANGUAGE LAB. EXAM # 2 [Thursday May 7, 2009] Week 7: May 11-15 ..........NEGATIVE SUBJUNCTIVE CHAPTER 23 ARUSI ZA AMERIKA LANGUAGE LAB. Week 8: 18-22......... COMMANDS CHAPTER 24 MASHAIRI NA VITENDAWILI LANGUAGE LAB. Quiz #3 and Insha # 2: Free choice MAY 25 MEMORIAL HOLIDAY Week 9: May 26-29.... COMMANDS WITH OBJECTS CHAPTER 25 MIJI YA AFRIKA YA MASHARIKI LANGUAGE LAB. Filamu: Saikati (1999) by Anne Mungai (90 min.) Week 10: JUNE 1 – 5 FINAL EXAM [Thursday, June 4, 2009) ORAL PRESENTATION (FINAL PROJECT)

Student learning goals

This class is the final part of the one year Basic Swahili [Kiswahili language]. By now students have mastered the basics of the Swahili Noun Class system.

Students are now able to use common Swahili greetings.

They can also write some basic and compound sentences in Swahili.

Students can also read, listen and provide basic commands and information in Swahili.

They can also carry out basic conversations in Swahili.

Students are now able to enhance their appreciation of Swahili language and culture found in music, foods, films, music, hadithi (stories), mashairi (Swahili poetry)and vitendawili (riddles) among other sources.

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion with increased interaction between instructor and the students as well as among students. In this class there are more activities related to speaking, listening and reading in Swahili.

Recommended preparation

AFRAM 306 and 307: part 1 and 2 of Basic Swahili.

Class assignments and grading

In-class reading, writing, speaking and listening exercies. These includes increased participation in reading comprehension and associated written, listening and spoken exercises from various sources but primarily from the two class text books and handouts. There will also be two to three take home inshas/essays.

Students will also watch two films and write and answer questions related to them. Students will also write quizzes and three examinations.

Grading Policy Attendance 10% Class participation 5% Homework assignments 10% Skit 5% Insha 10% Portfolio 5% Quizzes 10% Two Examiations 20% Final Exam 20% Orals 5% 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.
Last Update by Christopher K Githiora
Date: 04/08/2009