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Swahili 3 (Upper-) Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Swahili 1 Beginners and Swahili 2 Pre-Intermediate.


Swahili course 3:
During this course you will gain more in-depth knowledge of Swahili.
We will focus on different subjects like history, gender issues, human rights and cultural issues.
Course material: Swahili course (part 3) by Lowani Afrika Talencentrum and portfolio’s.

Course objectives

Objectives of the Swahili course 3: B1

Speaking: A common conversation about different subjects like history, human rights, cultural issues and politics: B1
Listening: To understand a standard speech or a presentation about the above mentioned subjects: B1

Reading: Stories, newspaper, articles: B1

Writing: You will write a short paper about history: B1

This will be a subject-oriented course. After reading about a certain subject you will learn the vocabulary and grammar in order to write, talk and listen about this subject. This way we will explore the language to the full.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Two times two hour tutorials every week.

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Course Load

This course will be 5 EC (140 hrs)
Total hours spent on attending lectures: 56 (= 4 hours per week x 14 weeks)
Time spent on studying: Around 8 hours per week (= 4 hours per lecture)
Other hours can be used for preparing for an exam or a presentation

Assessment method

1 Presentation and discussion 30 % Grammar – vocabulary – writing – talking

2 Comprehension: Reading – translating 20 %

3 Listening exam 10 %

4 Translate into Swahili 20% Vocabulary – grammar

5 Exam – oral 20%

The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:

  • Reading and writing

  • Written dialogue

  • Vocabulary and grammar


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Course material: Swahili course (part 3) by Lowani Afrika Talencentrum (Euro 15,00) and portfolio’s.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

The student administration will register all first year students for the first semester courses in uSis, the registration system of Leiden University.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


T.I.D. Schipper


For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason have to be discussed with the language instructor BEFORE the class takes place. Frequent absence will inevitably lead to lower participation grades, or denied access to the final exam.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.