Five College Consortium

Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Swahili Courses for Spring 2017

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 session.


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 individual one-on-one tutorial sessions and small group conversation 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. 

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 Spring 2017 individual tutorials by campus are below. Each student is assigned his/her own slot within the given time blocks.

 *Time blocks for Spring 2017 individual tutorials

    Amherst –  Friday morning; some on other days.
    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 meet at a variety of times and on different campuses. Session times and locations will be determined based on the schedules of students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec.1, 2016. Students applying after Dec. 1 will need to be able to fit into remaining time slots.

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 Swahili study. 

Half Courses: The standard Mentored course is a half course. It takes four half courses (levels I, II, III, and IV) to complete the equivalent of one year of study in a traditional elementary-level classroom course.  Half courses require a minimum of one hour per day (seven hours per week) of individual study, a weekly 60-minute conversation session, and a weekly 30-minute individual tutorial. Credit for half courses: Half courses are worth 1.5 credits at UMass. Five College interchange credit is: Amherst  – ½ course; Hampshire – ½ course; Mount Holyoke – 2 credits; Smith – 1.5 credits and at the elementary level and two courses or the equivalent are required to receive credit.

Full Courses: Swahili courses are also available as full (double) courses each semester. Students complete two half courses during the semester. For example, students in the full course labeled “Swahili I-II” complete Swahili I during the first half of the semester and Swahili II during the second half. Full courses require two hours per day of individual study,  one 90-minute conversation session per week, and one 60-minute individual tutorial per week. Credit for full courses: Students in full courses complete the equivalent of two half courses during the semester. Credit for full-courses by campus is: Amherst - 1 full course; Hampshire - 1 full course; Mount Holyoke - 4 credits; Smith - 3 credits; UMass - 3 credits.

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

Swahili Course Offerings for Spring 2017

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 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. Students complete Swahili I in the first half of the semester and Swahili II in the second half. Schedule: Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week and one 90-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


SWAHILI I (HALF COURSE)

Beginning level course, no prerequisite. This course covers the first part of the four-course elementary Swahili sequence. Schedule: One 30-minute tutorial per week and one 60-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


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 30-minute tutorial per week and one 60-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


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. Students complete Swahili II in the first half of the semester and Swahili III in the second half. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week and one 90-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


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 30-minute tutorial per week and one 60-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


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. Students complete Swahili III in the first half of the semester and Swahili IV in the second half. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week and one 90-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


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 30-minute tutorial per week and one 60-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


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. Students complete Swahili IV in the first half of the semester and Swahili V in the second half. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week and one 90-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


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 30-minute tutorial per week and one 60-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


SWAHILI V-VI (FULL COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Swahili IV or the equivalent. This course covers the first two parts of the intermediate sequence. Students complete Swahili V in the first half of the semester and Swahili VI in the second half. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week and one 90-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


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 30-minute tutorial per week and one 60-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


SWAHILI VI-VII (FULL COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Swahili V or the equivalent. This course covers parts two and three of the intermediate sequence. Students complete Swahili VI in the first half of the semester and Swahili VII in the second half. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week and one 90-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


SWAHILI VII (HALF COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Swahili VI or the equivalent. This course covers the third part of the intermediate Swahili sequence. Schedule: One 30-minute tutorial per week and one 60-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


SWAHILI VII-VIII (FULL COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Swahili VI or the equivalent. This course covers parts three and four of the four-part intermediate sequence. Students complete Swahili VII in the first half of the semester and Swahili VIII in the second half. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week and one 90-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


Swahili VIII (half course) 

Prerequisite: Swahili VII or the equivalent. Schedule: One 30-minute tutorial per week and one 60-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


ADVANCED SWAHILI FOR DEVELOPMENT POLICY STUDIES (OFFERED IN SPRING 2017 – 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. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


ADVANCED SWAHILI FOR HEALTH POLICY STUDIES (OFFERED IN FALL 2016– 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. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by May 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


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.