Swahili

Swahili, or Kiswahili, is a Bantu language that is widely spoken in Tanzania, where it is the language of administration and primary education; Kenya, where it is, after English, the main language for these purposes;  Congo Kinshasa, where a form of Swahili is one of the four languages of administration; and (4) Uganda, where the main language is again English. Learning Swahili also gives students the ability to explore the uniquely rich and diverse cultures of East Africa.

 

 

Fall Semester

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SWAH 101/701 Introductory Swahili I

The course provides an introduction to basic Swahili language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Swahili is spoken by tens of millions of people worldwide, primarily in East and Southern Africa. Course taught at University of Virginia by Asmaha Heddi; Duke students participate through Zoom. No prerequisite.

SWAH 203/703 Intermediate Swahili I

This is an intermediate level course designed to further enhance communicative skills, as well as develop an awareness of the cultural diversity of the Swahili-speaking areas of East Africa through Swahili texts. Course taught at University of Virginia; Duke students participate through video conference and/or telepresence classroom. Pre-requisite: SWAH 102 or equivalent Swahili language experience.

Spring Semester

SWAH 102/702 Elementary Swahili II

The course is the second in a 2-semester elementary sequence designed to provide an introduction to Swahili language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Swahili is spoken by tens of millions of people worldwide, primarily in East and Southern Africa. Course taught at University of Virginia by Asmaha Heddi; Duke students participate through Zoom. Prerequisite: SWAH 101 or equivalent.

SWAH 204/704 Intermediate Swahili II

This is an advanced intermediate level course designed to further enhance communicative skills, as well as develop an awareness of the cultural diversity of the Swahili-speaking areas of East Africa through Swahili texts. Course taught at University of Virginia; Duke students participate through video conference and/or telepresence classroom. Pre-requisite: SWAH 203 or equivalent Swahili language experience.

Course faculty: Tanzanian Asmaha Mhande Heddi

Asmaha Mhande Heddi, portrait