The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic but solid knowledge of Swahili morphology and syntax, functional vocabulary, and practice in speaking and writing. It is designed to introduce students to the language and the many facets of the East African cultures in which it is spoken. Students will develop their ability to communicate satisfactorily in Swahili in everyday practical situations while acquiring some of the skills necessary for effective reading and writing. Using a variety of written and oral materials, the course focuses on the development of the four language skills necessary for interpersonal communication in Swahili: listening, writing, reading, and speaking.
Instructional materials for this course include Sharifa Zawawi, Kiswahili Kwa Kitendo: An Introductory Course (Vol. I: Learn Our Kiswahili) and Tujifunze Kiswahili Chetu: Workbook (Vol. 2: Learn Our Kiswahili) as well as the accompanying audio-tapes, Africa World Press, Inc.
Regular attendance is essential. Participation in class includes asking and answering questions in Swahili, initiating discussion, role playing, and other situational activities. Final grade is based on class participation, journal entries, homework assignments, unit exams, a midterm written and oral test, and a final written and oral examination.
AAS concentrators and academic minors, especially those engaged in the academic study of African/East African cultures as well as students engaged in similar study in a variety of other programs and departments such as anthropology, history, sociology, political science, and the Residential College.
This recitation course meets four days a week for one hour.