Course Descriptions

01:013:392 Advanced Akan (Twi) I, Fall

Advanced Twi 1 (also known is Akan) is designed to promote the development of advanced level proficiency in all four-language skills: writing, speaking, listening and reading in the Twi language. These basic communicative skills will be built on in various ways including a series of in-class and take-home exercises. There will be role-playing in class where various scenarios will be given and students will act out in Twi. We will also read Twi stories books, listen and write about specific social settings, e.g., home, market, etc. Listening tasks will involve spontaneous face-to-face and recorded conversations, both by the instructor. Class exercises will include grammar, storytelling, writing, dictation exercises, comprehension exercises (both written and listening comprehension), essays on different contexts of language usage and of course role-playing. It will concentrate on developing communicative skills to enable the learners engage in meaningful verbal activities with other speakers of Twi. Students are encouraged to seek out and speak with Twi speakers both on and off campus as another way of hearing Twi. This will give students real learning experiences to life outside the classroom.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to read, write, speak, and comprehend Twi at the intermediate-high level as defined by the ACTFL Guidelines and will be able to:

  1. Write routine social correspondence and join sentences in simple discourse of at least several paragraphs in length on familiar topics;
  2. Write simple social correspondence, take notes, and write cohesive summaries and narratives of a factual nature;
  3. Understand parts of texts which are conceptually abstract and linguistically complex, and/or texts which treat unfamiliar topics and situations, as well as some texts which involve aspects of Akan culture;
  4. Initiate, sustain, and bring to closure a wide variety of communicative tasks;
  5. Understand main ideas and most details of connected discourse on a variety of topics beyond the immediacy of the situation;
  6. Express meaning that is comprehensible in a manner that is appropriate to Twi speakers, primarily through generic vocabulary, with good control of the most frequently used structures on various themes, including memorable experiences, family life, childhood, naming ceremony, illnesses, marriage, and cultural issues in Ghana.

In-Class Activities:

Students will be selected randomly to role-play/read dialogues or speak on given language situations. There will be dictation exercises. Grades will be awarded in such performances for class participation. Students are advised to prepare for each class.