Kiswahili, an Eastern Bantu
African language indigenous to the East African littoral, has become a
lingua franca throughout much of East and Central
and is spoken in varying degrees in the countries of Tanzania, Kenya,
Uganda, Burundi, and the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (formerly Zaire). Additionally, there are small pockets of Kiswahili
speakers in Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and even the
Republic of South Africa.
in Kiswahili involves Pan-African culture, history, and
politics as part of the teaching-learning process. The instructional goal
of the course is functional communication --- i.e., students being
able to use the language to communicate real world needs, wants, goals,
etc. Aside from oral communication and listening comprehension, the skills
of reading and writing are also systematically addressed.
the Department of Africana Studies