Comments about Introduction to Swahili Course - At the institution - Toronto - Ontario
This course is an introduction to Swahili designed for students with no previous knowledge of the language, no formal training in the language and with little family background, if any.
The course will provide an introduction to Swahili language and culture. Learners will be guided through the basic grammatical and phonological aspects of the language, as well as being introduced to the sociolinguistic status of Swahili as it is spoken in East and Central Africa. Emphasis will be placed on developing basic speaking and listening skills and also on reading basic texts. At the end of the course students should have a foundation in the language and be able to carry on simple conversations. Students will also be aware of the cultural contexts in which Swahili is spoken in different countries of East Africa. Authentic materials will be used to bring the Swahili language and culture into the classroom. No prior knowledge of Swahili is assumed.
Format: Four class hours per week.
Evaluation: Class participation - 20%, assignments and quizzes - 30%, tests (three each term) - 30%, final examination - 20%