This course is designed to give students and professionals in-depth cultural background via discussions of everyday life and contemporary issues while developing advanced language skills. It provides the language and intercultural skills needed to function in the fields of international development, education, conservation, and social services.
The program will be delivered through a three-credit online course. Your program will employ experiential learning opportunities and include lessons in cultural awareness, grammar, comprehension, dialogue and academic related vocabulary through lectures and discussion.
Classes and language activities are taught by native teachers with experience teaching Swahili to foreigners by using oral proficiency-based methods.
You will be expected to devote approximately 22.5 hours to synchronous and asynchronous activities per week over a six-week period. The course schedule is flexible to accommodate a variety of student schedules and time zones. Synchronous sessions may include direct instruction, drills, and conversation exercises with language teachers. The frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous sessions will be done together with instructors and class participants during the first week of the course.
Asynchronous activities may include practice exercises, small group projects, discussion boards, and completion of assignments. You will also be exposed to songs and other forms of art and media to engage and enhance interactions among students.
Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.
- Build Swahili language skills to prepare for an international and intercultural career.
Through oral proficiency testing you will be placed in beginning, intermediate, or advanced classes.