Swahili is the national or official language of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also spoken in Somalia, Mozambique, Malawi & Zambia. It is also an official language of the East African Community and African Union. It is therefore a language of influence politically, economically and socially, and knowledge of it can deepen business relationships and social interactions.
East Africa has a growing economy with abundant natural resources like huge tourism potential, Oil & Gas, retail, financial services and industry. If you are looking at investing in East Africa, as well as spend time in the region, then having conversational ability in Swahili is a vital asset.
Swahili has been taught at the University of London since the 1930s. It is also taught in Canada, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Russia, Japan, India, and many other countries making it a language with global importance.
This course has been designed for persons wishing to achieve a quick working general knowledge of the language, especially expatriates, volunteers, missionaries, exchange programme students, researches, diplomats etc.
It is aimed at learners with a general interest in Kiswahili. No prior knowledge of the language is required for those wishing to pursue Kiswahili Beginners’ Level course.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of this course the learner will:
- Be able to communicate in very basic everyday life situations, including but not limited to greetings, daily activities, finding one’s way, telling time and date, making purchases and related transactions, ordering and paying for meals etc.
- Be able to understand simple oral and written texts and ascertain specific information on simple topics.
- Have approximately one thousand words introduced throughout the course, which is considered adequate for general working topics.
Course delivery approach
A communicative approach will be used. All four skills (speaking, reading, listening & writing) will be practiced.
Enough interaction will be accorded to ensure complete comprehension of the course.
Virtual lessons will be conducted according to agreed schedules.
Students will also be offered guidance in self-study and set learning practice tasks.
The study (tuition) timetable is tailor-made to suit student’s availability. Timings and days are negotiated prior to course commencement.
Your teacher will supply necessary and relevant learning materials, both tailor-made and taken from other sources (textbooks, newspapers, internet etc.) to supplement the subject matter.
Notes will be shared to enable learners’ have self-study and revision at their own time and pace. There will be a variety of text materials available for learners to use throughout their study period.
- Online attendance 3 times a week, through the e-learning platform
- Prompt completion of all reading/assignments and assessment
- A concentrated study of at least 4 hours per week is recommended.
- It is estimated that within 4-6 months period, the contents of this Programme will be mastered, notwithstanding learner’s availability and speed of appreciating a new language.