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Swahili 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Swahili 1 Beginners.


During this course you will gain more in-depth knowledge of Swahili, grammarwise and vocabularywise.
After a quick revision we will look at different subjects like famous people, sport, some medical vocabulary (body parts and diseases), nature, economics, politics and corruption. We will read some newspaper articles in Swahili.
Course material: Swahili course (part 2) by Lowani Afrika Talencentrum and portfolio’s.

Course objectives

Objectives of the Swahili course 2: A2/B1
Speaking: A common conversation about different subjects like work, life in general, sport, politics, economics and corruption.
Listening: To understand a standard speech or a presentation about the above mentioned subjects.
Reading: Short stories, some newspaper articles, advertisements.
Writing: You will 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 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

Three 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 10 EC (280 hours)
Total hours spent on attending lectures: 72 (= 6 hours per week x 12 weeks)
Time spent on studying: Around 12 hours per week (= 4 hours per lecture)
Other hours can be used for preparing for an exam or a presentation

Assessment method

Interactive engagement with course material
In-class participation- ongoing/ writing exercises/discussion 20%

Oral presentation + discussion 20%

Translating – vocabulary – grammar – creative writing exam 20%

Understanding – listening – comprehension exam 20 %

Oral exams 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 2) by Lowani Afrika Talencentrum (Euro 20,00) and portfolio’s.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


T.I.D. Schipper, email