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Swahili II


Admission requirements

This course is available for all students who passed Swahili 1.


During this course you will gain more in-depth knowledge of Swahili, grammar wise and vocabulary wise. After a quick revision we will look at different topics like various professions, sport, famous African people, wildlife, climate change, governments in Africa, economics, politics, corruption and some medical vocabulary (body parts and diseases,. You will read newspaper articles in Swahili and write and talk about these topics.

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
This course is the second course in a series of three language acquisition courses. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in Swahili aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.

Skill CEFR Level
Reading B1
Writing A2+
Listening A2
Speaking A2


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Two lectures per week (total 5 hours)

Assessment method

Partial grade Weighing
Participation 20%
Written exam 40%
Listening Exam 20%
Oral Exam 20%

If the End Grade is insufficient there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exams. No resit for the tutorial (participation and homework) is possible.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Course material: ‘Tuongee Kiswahili. A practical Swahili course’ (part 2) by Lowani Afrika Talencentrum. Please contact your teacher to obtain the course material.


Enrolment through My Studymap (Login | Universiteit Leiden) is mandatory.

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  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats


This course uses an integrated communicative language learning approach. Therefore, active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.