Swahili as a Language of Wider Communication
Africa is one of the continents that are endowed with thousands of languages spoken by different people. This scenario is usually referred to as pervasive multilingualism. In other words in many parts of Africa an average speaker can speak at least three languages. How do people manage communication with other people? Although an average person can speak several languages due to the different contexts they find themselves in, there are languages of wider communication that spread across several regions. These languages allow people to interact without impediments.
Swahili is one of those languages of wider communication facilitating communication among millions of people in several countries in east and central Africa. Although English and French are used in official domains in regions where Swahili is spoken, it is still the main language used in both formal and informal domains. There are no official statistics of exactly how many speak the language but it is estimated that at least 100 million people speak Swahili as a second language. In Kenya and Tanzania Swahili serves as the national and co official language. In Uganda it is the official language of the army. In eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo Swahili is one of the main national languages at the provincial level. In general however, Swahili is the identity marker for people in eastern Africa. Finally, while there are regional and social variants of the language, it is still a vital medium of communication because of the mutual intelligibility that exists among these dialects.
Swahili is offered at both elementary and intermediate
levels. This allows you as a student to meet all your
foreign language requirements by taking all the four (4)
sections should you be required by your paradigm. You will
also benefit tremendously from the language’s focus on both
language and cultural information.
Swahili is an important language politically, culturally, historically, economically, academically and socially.
Swahili connects several countries in east and central Africa and it is the only African language adopted by the African Union
Swahili is a cultural vehicle of different
ethnolinguistic African groups Swahili remains a
major language that has been used to liberate people from
different parts of Africa. The informal business
sector in east and central Africa depends heavily on the use
of Swahili as the language of trade. Swahili can also offer
you many job opportunities in different countries all over
the word. Swahili has the richest written
literature in Sub-Saharan Africa and as the most widely
spoken language in the region, it is the best tool for
researchers in pursuit of knowledge. No language in
Sub-Saharan Africa at the rate that Swahili is used at the
interpersonal level for those who speak it in different
A Full List OF Swahili Courses that are offeredat Winston-Salem State University
SWA 1311 - Elementary Swahili I
Credits: 3 hrs Elementary Swahili I is a proficiency-oriented course designed to help students develop language skills in Standard Swahili in all communicative areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Instruction will include use of multimedia material in the language laboratory. No previous knowledge of Swahili is required. (Three periods per week)
SWA 1312 - Elementary Swahili II
Credits: 3 hrs This course is the second part of the introductory course to Standard Swahili. As a continuation of Elementary Swahili I, it introduces more advanced grammar components and cultural information. At the same time, the course emphasizes more fluency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing simple sentences in standard Swahili. (Three periods per week: Prerequisite(s): SWA 1311, assignment by placement examination, or consent of instructor.
SWA 2311 - Intermediate Swahili I
Credits: 3 hrs This course continues training in the Swahili language and cultural awareness skills begun in the Elementary Swahili sequence. The course affords students a survey of more advanced grammar, with emphasis on increasing conversational fluency, compositional skills, study of written texts in Standard Swahili, and discussion of grammatical variations. At the same time, the course emphasizes increased fluency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing short essays in standard Swahili. (Three periods per week. Prerequisite: Elementary Swahili II or consent of instructor.)
SWA 2312 - Intermediate Swahili II
This course is the second part of Intermediate Swahili.
It continues training in the Swahili language and cultural
awareness skills begun in the Elementary Swahili sequence
and Intermediate Swahili I. The course affords students a
survey of more advanced grammar, with emphasis on increasing
conversational fluency, compositional skills, study of
written texts in Standard Swahili, and discussion of
grammatical variations. At the same time, the course
emphasizes increased fluency in speaking, reading,
listening, and writing short essays in standard Swahili.
(Three periods per week. Prerequisite: Intermediate Swahili I
or consent of instructor.)