Providing basic skills in an African language is one of the core objectives of the African Studies Programme. This course thus introduces our students to standard Kiswahili, which is the lingua Franca of East Africa. It is specifically designed to help students who have no prior knowledge to begin carrying out basic conversations in Kiswahili. The course puts a special emphasis on the structural aspect of the language delivering the lexical and grammatical basis while at the same time enhancing the students’ capacity to converse in Kiswahili. The cultural aspects of the language will also be introduced and highlighted since it is a necessary components used to enhance the communicative competence.