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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 mainly use portfolio’s to enable you to focus on different subjects like history, gender issues and culture.
Course material: Swahili course (part 3) by Lowani Afrika Talencentrum Portfolio’s

Course objectives

Objectives of the Swahili course 3: B1
Speaking: A common conversation about different subjects like work, life in general, culture, politics and economics.
Listening: To understand a standard speech or a presentation about the above mentioned subjects.
Reading: Short stories, some newspaper articles, advertisements.
Writing: You will be able to write a short paper about a certain subject.
This will be a subject-oriented course. After reading about a certain subject you will learn the vocabulary and grammar you need to write, talk and listen about this subject. This way we will explore the language to the full.


The timetable will be available on the BA International Studies website this autumn.

Mode of instruction

Two two hour tutorials every week
Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or 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 Oral presentation and discussion about history 20 % Oral presentation and discussion about human rights 20%
2 Understanding – listening – comprehension 20 %
3 Reading/vocabulary/grammar/translating 10% Writing/vocabulary/ grammar 10%
4 Speaking – spoken interaction 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 enrollment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Course material: Swahili course (part 3) by Lowani Afrika Talencentrum Portfolio’s


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


T.I.D. Schipper, email