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Standard Swahili is a language spoken across many nations in Central Africa because it enables different ethnic and tribal communities to communicate using a common language. It is the medium of primary educational instruction in such nations as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the Congo. It is also the common business language amongst the trading communities along the east coast of Africa, centred on the ports of Mombassa and Dares Salaam.

Swahili language instruction also occurs in the Universities of East Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, the Congo, Nigeria, Germany, the USA and in Britain, ranking as the sixth most used language in the world. The creation of a standard Swahili language has also been managed at the University level in Dares Salaam.

It is a key language at the meetings of the Organisation of African Unity because it transcends local, even national language barriers and has been carried by new arrivals into such countries as the United Kingdom for the same reason.

Language and Culture Course

Subject information – Stage 1 and Stage 2

This subject  enables students to undertake the study of Swahili which is not currently available through any other framework for languages.

Students should have some background in or prior knowledge of Swahili, and will have studied the language for 400-500 hours by the -me they have completed Stage 2, or have the equivalent  level of knowledge.

They develop and apply linguistic and intercultural knowledge, understanding, and skills to interact and communicate appropriately and effectively in Swahili in a variety of contexts for a range of purposes and audiences.

Students develop and extend their ability to communicate across cultural boundaries.

Stage 1 – Credits: 10 or 20

Stage 2 – Credits: 10 or 20 (School of Languages offers 20 credits course only)

 Stage 2, 20 credit subjects can contribute to first 60 credits for ATAR.

To find more about Language and Culture click here to go to the SACE website