This beginner course in Afrikaans is offered in collaboration with the Graduate Network African Studies and the Lehr- und Forschungsstelle Namibian and Southern African Studies. The emphasis in the first semester is on oral interaction in everyday situations. In addition, participants will be introduced to short written Afrikaans texts and recordings of oral interactions in Afrikaans. This should lay the foundation for later semesters in which the aim will be to understand contemporary and older written Afrikaans sources, to conduct interviews in Afrikaans with a variety of interlocutors and to collaborate with speakers of Afrikaans.

In order to register for the course, participants should contact Giorgio Miescher ( in advance. Priority will be given to members of the Graduate Network African Studies.

Prospective participants who are not graduate students or postdocs in the field of African Studies should contact Veit Arlt ( about possible participation and course fees.

There will be no class on 29 September and on 10 November 2017.
Further information:
Stephan Meyer [more]
Friday, 14h15-15h55
Course period:
22.09.2017 - 15.12.2017 (Herbstsemester 2017)
Credit points:
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Certificate of attendance:
In order to receive a certificate of attendance (available on request) for this course, you are not allowed to be absent more than maximum two times.
± 90 minutes / week
Course materials:
To be announced.

Further details will be found in the course confirmation. Please do not acquire the course materials before then.
Course fee:
CHF 240 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for students and PhD candidates)
CHF 480 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for University employees)
Registration deadline:
17.05.2017 - 17.09.2017
This course can be attended without a prior placement test, as no previous knowledge of the language is required. If you do have some previous knowledge, please consult the Language Centre.
Replacement date:
The supplementary replacement date for lessons that might not take place is: 02.12.2017 from 10h - 16h
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