African Studies: East African Languages: Kiswahili (Swahili)

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  • CAS LE 111: Swahili 1
    Introduction to spoken Kiswahili. Emphasis on communicative skills. Exposure to full system of noun classes and introduction to tense-aspect system. Cultural and historical readings, films, and other visual aids included. Lab required. Four hours weekly. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LE 112: Swahili 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LE 111.
    This four-skill African langauge course in second-semester Kiswahili leads toward proficiency in oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, cultural understanding, and writing. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LE 211: Swahili 3
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LE 112.
    Intermediate study of Kiswahili. Continued emphasis on oral communication skills and the development of reading and writing skills. Exposure to all compound tenses. Readings from traditional Kiswahili literature, oral and written. Lab required. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LE 212: Swahili 4
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LE 211.
    This four-skill African language course in fourth-semester Kiswahili emphasizes oral communication skills and the development of reading and writing skills. It exposes students to all compound tenses of the language, and develops students' reading skills in traditional Kiswahili literature. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LE 311: Swahili 5
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LE 212.
    Discussions and compositions relating to East African themes and based in readings from traditional literature, political treatises from Kenya and Tanzania, and a modern novel. Advanced grammatical analysis.
  • CAS LE 312: Swahili 6
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LE 311.
    This four-skill African language course in sixth-semester Kiswahili focuses on discussions and compositions dealing with East African themes and based on readings from traditional literature, political treatises from Kenya and Tanzania, and Kiswahili modern novels. Students also study advanced grammar.
  • CAS LE 411: Swahili 7
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LE 312; or instructor consent.
    This course is designed to take students to advanced-high level proficiency in Kiswahili. It emphasizes high-level reading comprehension and leads to the development of communication skills for extended formal and informal discourse.
  • CAS LE 412: Swahili 8
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LE 411; or instructor consent
    Builds on CAS LE 411. Further development of advanced-high level proficiency in Kiswahili. High-level reading comprehension communication skills for extended formal and informal discourse. Readings and discussions focus on social and political development in post-independence Tanzania.
  • CAS LE 451: Swahili 9
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LE 412; or consent of instructor.
    A continuation of CAS LE 412, Swahili 8, leading to a superior level of proficiency (based on ACTFL standards), where the student's linguistic and cultural competence approximates that of native speakers.
  • CAS LE 452: Swahili 10
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LE 451; or consent of instructor.
    A continuation of CAS LE 451, Swahili 9, leading to a superior level of proficiency (based on ACTFL standards), where the student's linguistic and cultural competence approximates that of native speakers.
  • CAS LE 529: Swahili with a Health Focus 1
    Graduate students in professional health fields are introduced to conversational Swahili with a particular focus on applications in global health settings. Designed for public health students who intend to work internationally or have an interest in a cross-cultural understanding of health.
  • CAS LE 530: Swahili with a Health Focus 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LE 529; or consent of instructor.
    Building on CAS LE 529, this course continues to develop a student's conversational Swahili skills in global health settings. Second course in sequence designed for public health students who intend to work internationally or have an interest in a cross-cultural understanding of health.