|Required Sequence: LANG 151 & LANG152|
Spring 2010 not offered
This course is an introduction to the study of the Swahili language. Swahili is the most widely spoken African language. It is rooted in the Bantu language family and contains many Arabic influences. This course introduces Swahili through exposure to East African cultural materials and a study of the language through grammar and speech. Swahili verbs and Swahili nouns are both quite different than those of European or Asian languages; while European languages have at most three genders, Swahili has 16 different noun classes. The fall semester class begins with simple greetings, then adds grammatical elements so by the end of the semester, students are able to form and understand complete sentences in a variety of verb tenses, using 12 of the noun classes. The course is ideal for students preparing for junior year studies on East Africa or study abroad in East Africa.
This course will focus on developing proficiency in Swahili by addressing all skills of language learning: reading, listening, reading and writing. Throughout class activities, assignments and with the use of authentic materials, students will gain an understanding of new cultural concepts and values which will help them develop intercultural literacy.
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|Course Format: Language||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFST-MN)