This course is designed to give students and health professionals in-depth cultural background via discussions of everyday life and contemporary issues while developing language skills. It provides the language and intercultural skills needed to function in the fields of food and health, global health, community health, and the environment.
The program will employ experiential learning opportunities and include lessons in cultural awareness, grammar, comprehension, dialogue and academic related vocabulary through lectures and discussion that are reinforced through field exercises and the homestay experience.
While in the Arusha region, you will practice Kiswahili through interactions with medical and public healthcare professionals. You also will visit urban and rural healthcare centers as well as herbal clinics.
Classes and language activities are taught by native speakers with experience teaching Kiswahili to foreigners using oral proficiency-based methods. Students will also be exposed to songs and other forms of art and media to engage and enhance interactions among students and with their host families.
SIT is also offering a supplementary online Swahili Language for Health Sciences course during the fall semester.
- Build Kiswahili language skills to prepare for a career as a health professional.
- Develop your language ability and practice Kiswahili skills during field trips.
- Learn about herbal medicine and intercultural health practices.
- Experience daily life with homestay families in Arusha.