Resources for Swahili Language Teachers

GiraffeWoman smilingSTARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland which supports teacher professional development, student language learning, and instructional resource development for critical less commonly taught languages in the United States.

For over a decade, STARTALK has developed a robust collection of resources to support language teachers across the United States. On this page, you will find different categories of resources specifically for Swahili language teachers and programs. Whether you are teaching now, preparing to become a world language teacher, or training and mentoring teachers, we feel certain that you will find these resources beneficial to your work in the field of world language education.

Videos

STARTALK has collected video footage from a variety of real classrooms and professional development presentations. These videos can be used alone or incorporated into more extensive teacher education materials as samples of a variety of best practices, including both the STARTALK Principles for Effective Teaching and Learning and the TELL (Teacher Effectiveness in Language Learning) Framework.

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Novice Swahili Lesson
(Kent State University)

This lesson was filmed during the tenth week of a first semester Swahili course at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Sample Curricula

STARTALK has collected curricula utilized by STARTALK programs to serve as samples and provide support to other educators in their curriculum development process. These samples were provided to STARTALK Central by programs serving a variety of age groups and proficiency levels and were recommended for sharing by STARTALK team leaders. These curricula are intended as examples only. They have been collected over the course of several years and may not utilize current STARTALK curricula formats or models.

Preparing Students for a Future Visit to East Africa
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In this curriculum, students plan and prepare for travel in East Africa by developing the linguistic skills (greetings, introductions of self and others, expressing likes and dislikes, etc.) and the intercultural awareness of products (clothing, foods, currency), practices (purchasing in an open-air market) and perspectives (comparing life in East Africa to their own lives) necessary for such a trip. Grade Range:
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9-12, Undergrad
NM-NH
Heritage and Non-Heritage
2017
Ohio University
Going on an East African Safari
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Through the theme of Going on an East African Safari, learners will take part in a virtual trip to Kenya and Tanzania for a summer program to learn about the people who live there, the wildlife of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. During this virtual trip through the grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania, learners will explore famous geographical landmarks including national parks and safari lodges and camps. Grade Range:
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Various
Various
Heritage and Non-Heritage
80
2017
San Diego State University Research Foundation

Language(s): 

  • Swahili