Ohio University (Student)
Explore East Africa: Learn Swahili
- July 8, 2019 – August 2, 2019: (Face-to-face)
- Ohio University, Athens, OH
"Explore East Africa: Learn Swahili" is a four-week (July 8-August 2, 2019) intensive language program targeting 17 participants to receive a total of 108 hours of Swahili instruction every weekday. Students will attend five hours of instruction per day, Mondays through Thursdays, and seven hours on Fridays for 20 days. The participants, who will enroll in the elementary and intermediate classes, will be drawn from Ohio University undergraduate students, students from other four-year institutions in Ohio, as well as high school students from schools within the vicinity of Ohio University. OHIO’s program will include two sections with different targeted levels of proficiency, offering four credit hours of college credit for Elementary Swahili I (Novice-Mid) and Intermediate Swahili I (Novice High/ Intermediate Mid) each. The program will integrate culture, content, and language in classroom instruction and through instructional field trips, and will lead students on a virtual journey to East Africa.
The theme is "Explore East Africa: Learn Swahili. We aim for students to learn Swahili in an immersion context to prepare them for study abroad in East Africa or to work where the use of Swahili will be essential. The program will integrate culture, content, and language and will lead students on a journey to East Africa. The program integrates the STARTALK approach by providing learners with ample opportunities to use the target language in simulated and real life contexts with the ultimate goal of equipping learners with interpersonal and presentational skills necessary for communication. During the first week of the program, students will learn Swahili greetings, self- introductions, talking about their families and a comparative analysis of the East African and American daily routines. The second week will focus on food and meals. Students will learn the Swahili names of the popular food items in East Africa, how to buy ingredients required for preparing different types of food, how to cook various types of popular Swahili cuisines, and how to place an order at
a restaurant. In addition, students will learn numbers counting, negotiating and converting currencies, as well as how to welcome visitors to their host family’s home. The third week will focus on the East African seasons/weather, clothes, kangas and the Maasai Shukas. A simulation of a typical East African marketplace will be staged to enable the students to participate in bargaining and buying various clothing items
at the market. The fourth week will focus on the places of interest to visit while in East Africa and different modes of transport. Students will go hiking around the Athens campus area for simulations and will visit East African immigrant communities and the Angaza Cultural Festival. The final days of the program will be for linking all the aspects learned in class through various situations of life in East Africa. We will have ongoing evaluations and assessments.