Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Swahili Courses for Fall 2014

Ready to register? Go to How to Register. The application process is designed to make sure the course is a good fit for you for the upcoming semester. Questions? Email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu, call 413-542-5264 (413-542-LANG) or attend a drop-in information session.

Friday, Apr. 11 SPECIAL SWAHILI DROP-IN SESSION from 12:30-2:00 pm at the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages. Meet Agnes Kimokoti, the Five College Swahili Mentor. Learn about the Swahili program. Eat some cookies!

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Swahili language study is available to all Five College students at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Courses are offered in both the fall and spring terms. Students can start the study of Swahili in either the fall or the spring semester.

Swahili courses are offered in a special “Mentored” format that has the flexibility to serve students on all five campuses. Course sessions are in the form of small group conversation sessions and individual one-on-one tutorial sessions. Homework is structured by a series of detailed study guides providing step-by-step preparation instructions for the week. The courses cover all four primary language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. To see recent course syllabi and study guides, visit the Swahili course page on the Center's LangMedia website.

The small group conversation sessions (often only two to three students per group) allow ample opportunity for students to practice using the language. The sessions emphasize using in the language in ways a student might encounter when living or studying in East Africa. The one-on-one tutorial sessions allow time to discuss grammatical questions, get feedback and help with written homework, and can be geared to meet the specific language learning needs of each student.  

About Individual Tutorials

The one-on-one tutorial sessions allow time to discuss grammatical questions, get feedback and help with written homework, and can be geared to meet the specific language learning needs of each student. 

The individual tutorial sessions are conducted by Dr. Agnes Kimokoti, the Five College Swahili Mentor. Dr. Kimokoti has been involved with the Five College Swahili program since 2003. She conducts individual tutorial sessions on all five campuses each week.

Each student will be scheduled for tutorial time on his/her own campus as long as space remains available. Students may also request a tutorial on a different campus.
Students submit schedule information for tutorial scheduling after pre-registration ends or as part of the admissions process for students who apply after pre-registration. Time blocks for Fall 2014 individual tutorials by campus are below. Each student is assigned his/her own time slot within the given time blocks.

 *Time blocks for Fall 2014 individual tutorials

    Amherst –  Friday morning;
    Hampshire – Wednesday and Thursday late afternoon;
    Mount Holyoke – Wednesday morning and early afternoon;
    Smith – Thursday morning and early afternoon;
    UMass – Tuesday morning and early afternoon.

About Conversation Sessions

The small group conversation sessions (often only two to three students per group) allow ample opportunity for students to practice using the language. The sessions emphasize using in the language in ways a student might encounter when living or studying in East Africa. Conversation sessions are conducted by the Five College Swahili Mentor, by visiting Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants or by Five College international students who are native speakers of the language.

Conversation sessions also meet on all five campuses. Students in Levels I and I-II have a variety of pre-established times and locations from which to choose. See the Swahili schedule below. Most sessions for students in levels II and above are individually scheduled based on schedule information submitted by each student. Students in level II and above who have been admitted and have submitted Fall 2014 schedule information by May 1, 2014 will receive prioirity when conversation session times and locations are assigned. See the scheduling policy for courses above level I.

About Full Courses and Half Courses - Course Credit and Workload

Students have the option of choosing a full course or a half course at all levels of study. 

Full courses run at the same pace as a standard classroom language course on the college campuses. Students enrolling in a full course have one 60-minute individual tutorial each week and one 90-minute small group conversation session per week. Students should plan on two hours per day of individual work outside of sessions. The work load is similar to elementary classroom courses that meet five days per week and require two hours of homework per class.  At this pace, it takes two semesters to complete the elementary Swahili course sequence: Swahili I-II and Swahili III-IV. Both Swahili I-II and III-IV are offered every semester. Swahili II-III may also be available. Intermediate and advanced courses may also be taken as full courses. Credit for full courses:  Amherst - 1 full course; Hampshire - 2 courses; Mount Holyoke - 4 credits; Smith - 4 credits; UMass - 3 credits.

Half courses are less intensive and serve the needs of students who need to fit language study into a busy schedule. Students in half courses have one 30-minute individual tutorial per week and one 60-minute small group conversation session. Students in half courses should plan on one hour a day of individual work outside of sessions. It takes four semesters to complete the four-course elementary sequence at the half course pace: Swahili I, II, III, and IV.  Half course students can switch to a full course format in later semesters and students who complete full courses may move to a half course pace in future semesters. Credit for half courses: Amherst  – half course; Hampshire – 1 course; Mount Holyoke – 2 credits; Smith – 2 credits and at the elementary level two courses or the equivalent are required to receive credit; UMass – 1.5 credits.

Want to know more? Check out the Online Orientation Tutorial and the Swahili Course Syllabi.

Swahili Course Schedule for Fall 2014

Ready to register? Go to How to Register. The application process is designed to make sure the course is a good fit for you for the upcoming semester. Questions? Email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu, call 413-542-5264 (413-542-LANG) or attend a drop-in information session.


Swahili I-II (full course)

Beginning level course, no prerequisite. This course covers the first two parts of the four-course elementary Swahili sequence. Schedule: Students enrolling in Swahili I-II have three different conversation groups from which to choose. Conversation sessions meet for one 90-minute session per week (exception: see the Smith College section times below). Students will be individually scheduled for one 60-minute tutorial per week based on schedule information submitted by each student. A student will be assigned a home campus tutorial time as long as space compatible with the student’s schedule remains available.

Swahili I-II conversation session options for Fall 2014. Choose one:

Amherst College      Wednesdays  2:45-4:15 pm plus a 60-minute individual tutorial*
Hampshire College   Thursdays 6:40-8:10 pm plus a 60-minute individual tutorial*
Smith College   Wednesdays AND Fridays 9:00-9:50 am plus a 60-minute individual tutorial*

*For the timeblocks within which tutorial times will be assigned, see the tutorial location schedule.


Swahili I (half course)

Beginning level course, no prerequisite. This course covers the first part of the four-course elementary Swahili sequence. Schedule: Students enrolling in Swahili I have three different conversation groups from which to choose. Conversation sessions meet once per week for 60-minutes. Students will be individually scheduled for one 30-minute tutorial time per week based on schedule information submitted by each student. A student will be assigned a home campus tutorial time as long as space compatible with the student’s schedule remains available.

Swahili I conversation session options for Fall 2014. Choose one:

Mount Holyoke College      Fridays 3:20-4:20 pm plus a 30-minute individual tutorial*
Smith College         Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm plus a 30-minute individual tutorial*
UMass Amherst          Thursdays 7:00-8:00 pm plus a 30-minute individual tutorial*

*For the timeblocks within which tutorial times will be assigned, see the tutorial location schedule.


Swahili II (half course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili I or the equivalent. This course is the second course in the four-course elementary Swahili sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. See scheduling policy.**


Swahili II-III (full course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili I or the equivalent. This course covers parts two and three of the four-course elementary Swahili sequence. Schedule: One 90-minute conversation session per week plus one 60-minute individual tutorial. Session times to be assigned based on the schedule information submitted by enrolled students at the end of pre-registration or as part of the admissions process for students appying after pre-registration.  See scheduling policy**.


Swahili III (half course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili II or the equivalent. This course is the third course in the four-course elementary Swahili sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. See scheduling policy.**


Swahili III-IV (full course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili II or the equivalent. This course covers the final two parts of the four-course elementary Swahili sequence. Schedule: One 90-minute conversation session per week plus one 60-minute individual tutorial. Session times to be assigned based on the schedule information submitted by enrolled students at the end of pre-registration or as part of the admissions process for students appying after pre-registration.  See scheduling policy**.


Swahili IV (half course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili III or the equivalent. This course is the final course in the four-course elementary Swahili sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. See scheduling policy.**


Swahili IV-V (full course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili III or the equivalent. This course covers the final part of the four-course elementary Swahili sequence and the first part of the intermediate sequence. Schedule: One 90-minute conversation session per week plus one 60-minute individual tutorial. Session times to be assigned based on the schedule information submitted by enrolled students at the end of pre-registration or as part of the admissions process for students appying after pre-registration.  See scheduling policy**.


Swahili V (half course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili IV or the equivalent. This course is the first course of the intermediate Swahili sequence. It may be combined with Swahili VI to make a full course. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. See scheduling policy.**


Swahili V-VI (full course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili IV or the equivalent. This course covers the first two parts of the intermediate sequence. Schedule: One 90-minute conversation session per week plus one 60-minute individual tutorial. Session times to be assigned based on the schedule information submitted by enrolled students at the end of pre-registration or as part of the admissions process for students appying after pre-registration.  See scheduling policy**.


Swahili VI (half course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili V or the equivalent. This is the second course of the intermediate Swahili sequence. It may be combined with Swahili VII to make a full course. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. See scheduling policy.**


Swahili VI-VII (full course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili V or the equivalent. This course covers parts two and three of the intermediate sequence. Schedule: One 90-minute conversation session per week plus one 60-minute individual tutorial. Session times to be assigned based on the schedule information submitted by enrolled students at the end of pre-registration or as part of the admissions process for students appying after pre-registration.  See scheduling policy**.


Swahili VII (half course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili VI or the equivalent. This course covers the third part of the intermediate Swahili sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. See scheduling policy.**


Swahili VII-VIII (full course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili VI or the equivalent. This course covers parts three and four of the four-part intermediate sequence. Schedule: One 90-minute conversation session per week plus one 60-minute individual tutorial. Session times to be assigned based on the schedule information submitted by enrolled students at the end of pre-registration or as part of the admissions process for students appying after pre-registration.  See scheduling policy**.


Swahili VIII (half course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili VII or the equivalent. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. See scheduling policy.**


Advanced Swahili for Development Policy Studies (offered in Spring 2015 – half course or full course)

Prerequisite: Advanced Swahili oral and written Swahili skills. Minimum requirement is Swahili VI plus advanced speaking and writing skills developed through study abroad or other means. Permission of the Five College Swahili Mentor is required. Schedule: One 90-minute discussion session per week. Full course students also have a 30-minute individual tutorial and more extensive writing assignments. See scheduling policy.**


Advanced Swahili for Health Policy Studies (offered in Fall 2014 – half course or full course) 

Prerequisite: Advanced Swahili oral and written Swahili skills. Minimum requirement is Swahili VI plus advanced speaking and writing skills developed through study abroad or other means. Permission of the Five College Swahili Mentor is required. Schedule: One 90-minute discussion session per week. Full course students also have a 30-minute individual tutorial and more extensive writing assignments. See scheduling policy.**


Swahili Senior Research I, II, IIi, and IV (Half course or full course)

Independent study for advanced Swahili students who are working with primary sources in Swahili as part of senior thesis, project, or advanced seminar in another subject area. Prerequisite: Advanced oral and writen proficiency in Swahili, as well as permission from the Five College Swahili Mentor and the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages Director. Schedule: Half course: One 90-minute individual tutorial per week. Full course: Two-hour tutorial per week plus more extensive research and/or writing assignments.  See scheduling policy.**

 


**Scheduling Policy for Courses above Level I and I-II

Conversation session times for courses above the beginning level are assigned based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Students who are admitted and submit schedule information by May 1, 2014 will receive priority in determining session times and locations. Students applying after May 1 will have to fit into remaining time slots in order to be admitted.

Geographic proximity and bus schedules are taken into account when assigning conversation session times and locations. When possible, sessions are assigned to meet on the student’s home campus or a  nearby campus. However, we cannot guarantee home campus conversation sessions and sometimes the best educational situation for a student can be provided on a more distant campus.

For individual tutorials with the Five College Swahili Mentor, a student will be given home campus time slots as long as slots remain available that work with the student’s schedule. See the tutorial timeblocks listed above. Go back to schedule.