TAFASWA75U Kiswahili I

Volume 2024/2025

MA in African Studies


This course comprises of basic instruction in Kiswahili.


The main objective of the course is to give the students skills in Kiswahili, as well as broaden their knowledge concerning the language to enable students to express themselves understandably in Kiswahili. Working with the relevant texts and dialogues will give the student competencies in analyzing texts, generally, and at the same time enable the student to get a deeper understanding of the cultural dimensions of life associated with Kiswahili speaking peoples, details of which are clearly described in the texts and dialogues. The students will get a wider understanding of relevant culture and history, which is a key element to their learning to use the language. Students will acquire the ability to translate Kiswahili into English at a beginner level and vice versa, as well as be able to identify the most important differences in the two languages.

Learning Outcome

The aim is for the student to acquire the following qualifications:

  • Mastery of the language at a basic level – to read and translate texts.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how language and texts may be described and analyzed
  • Develop critical skills in the close reading and analysis of short texts and dialogues
  • Analyze texts and define their constituent parts.
Passed a minimum of 120 ECTS on BA-level
Teaching with class participation.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 144
  • Exam Preparation
  • 79
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Total
  • 280
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 min.
Type of assessment details
The exam takes the form of an oral exam at the end of the teaching period. The exam lasts 15 minutes including assessment, with 15 minutes of preparation time and access to specified reference works.
Marking scale
completed/not completed
Censorship form
No external censorship
No censorship
Exam period

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