African Languages at NYU
Swahili I – Introduction -SCA-UA 121
Provides students with an elementary understanding of Swahili, a Bantu language with a rich oral and written tradition that is spoken by about 100 million people from Somalia to Mozambique and Zanzibar. After a short presentation of Swahili’s history, codification, and relation to other languages, students are drilled in phonetics and grammar. They are also introduced to some poems, songs, and oral narratives.
Swahili I – Intermediate -SCA-UA 123
Prerequisites: Elementary Swahili I and Elementary Swahili II.
This course builds upon the basic knowledge of the pronunciation, vocabulary, useful expressions and fundamental grammatical features already attained at introductory level to strengthen reading, writing, and conversation skills accessing a wide range of grammatical and literary knowledge of the language, its cultural context, and literary genre. The students are required to familiarize themselves with a novel and a play written in Kiswahili.
Swahili II – Intro -SCA-UA 122.001
Prerequisites: Intro to Swahili I
HAKUNA MATATA. Building upon the basic concepts of communicative Swahili, this course moves one level higher. It reiterates and reinforces the basic concepts and adds more building blocks to introduce compound and complex structures. The skills hitherto attained are concretely expressed in short descriptive essays written in Swahili.
Swahili II – Intermediate -SCA-UA 124.001
Prerequisites: Intro to Swahili I and II, Intermediate Swahili I.
The focus of this course is to enable students to communicate fluently in Kiswahili by applying the knowledge acquired in the beginner’s levels and intermediate I level. Students are expected to carry out bidirectional conversations and negotiate technical language. Although at this level students have mastered some intricacies of Kiswahili grammar and a wide range of vocabulary from various topics, more vocabulary and grammatical will skills will be applied. Therefore, students will be enriched with idiomatic expressions, colloquial expressions and vocabulary, proverbs and Kiswahili sayings used in everyday speech so as to equip them to face the real challenge of the language. Additionally, students will be involved in reading literary and non literary works and analyzing them at their level as well as engage in simple creative and technical writing, and translations. The cultural aspect of language will be integrated and emphasized in most topics.
Topics in Pan-Africanism: Yoruba I - SCA-UA 181.001
The main objective of this course is to develop elementary knowledge of the African language Yoruba, appropriate for the introductory level. By the end of the course, the student should be able to: (1) to read, write and understand simple concepts in Yoruba, minimally understand and be understood in Yoruba, and have fundamental knowledge of the Yoruba culture.
Topics in Pan-Africansim: Yoruba II - SCA-UA 181-002
This is a continuation of Yoruba 1, therefore a minimum of one Semester hours or its equivalent experience in Yoruba language is required. The main objective is to further sharpen the Yoruba linguistic acuity that the student acquired at the introductory level. By the end of the course, the student should be able to: (1) to read, write and understand simple to moderately complex concepts in Yoruba; (2)minimally understand and be understood in Yoruba; (3) and advance in knowledge of the Yoruba culture.