Intensive Introductory Kiswahili 101[Online]


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Kiswahili Class

Kiswahili 101 (Taught Accelerated): Conversational Language (Lugha) and Culture Course:

Cost: $295.00



Class Times: Tuesdays AND Thursdays 12 noon -1:30 EST for 1 hour, 30 minutes

Class Lasts for 6 Weeks, meeting twice a week

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Pole pole

Kuhusu Mwalimu (About the Teacher – Philosophy), Sis. Aprili R. E. Amani or, Da. Aprili:

Swahili has changed the world, and may be the bridge for redemption. Because Swahili is the language chosen for Pan-Africanism, by those with the resources to “reach back” to Pan-Africanism in the imperialist country known as the U.S. of A., it will bring Living Beings Back To the Roots which Sprung Them Forth. I was propelled to Tanzania, to Learn Kiswahili in 2009 for this reason.

Dada Aprili

Nafanya kazi (I work) to instill in students the very essence as to why the lessons are both exciting and practical for students and their families to use, retain and apply in navigating life. Nafundisha (I teach) how subjects brought up in Kiswahili are incredibly transferrable and reflect upon every aspect of life. Kiswahili (the philosophy which comes with the language) can be incorporated conventionally in every aspect of educational subjects translatable. I am a great teacher (Mimi ni Mwalimu mzuri) because (kwa sababu) I work to ensure that each student realizes the power within them, the innate ability to understand and learn and problem solve through learning, and with use of, Kiswahili.

Kiswahili Infographic

Course Objectives:

  • Kiswahili language and cultural preparedness in speech, conversation, writing and mannerisms.

  • Ability to Greet elders, professional peers and personal peers, and intergenerational courtesies.

  • Ability to substantially introduce self, friends, and family (name, age, background, etc.).

  • Sentence Structure of Kiswahili, ability to construct and hold conversations (noun, verb, adjective placement).

  • Keepsake of online (printable) resources to refer to Kiswahili instruction in the future, and Independence in continued self-instruction.

  • Confidence in conversation and comprehension of Kiswahili (Tanzanian standards), a willingness to speak with classmates in Kiswahili, and to share with family, friends and the world.

Course Syllabus:

Section One:

  • Explanations of Protocols, Expectations, and Personal Introductions

  • Overview of Topics Studied in Course, Brief Swahili Chronology

Daily speaking, pronunciation of vowels in Kiswahili, all consonants and those unique to Kiswahili. Reinforced concepts of Kiswahili Culture will be each day. Daily input towards personal dictionaries.

  1. Greetings (Indexes & Unit 1, Sema Kiswahili WorkBook)

    Preliminary Lesson, Chapter One – Additional Resources

    1. Sounds: Consonants & Vowel Sounds “Alphabeti”

    2. Formal

    3. Informal

    4. Peer-focused

  2. Introductions (Unit 2, Sema Kiswahili WorkBook)

    1. Name

    2. Numbers, Age, Days of the week (Kiswahili Calendar)

    3. Introducing others

      1. Pronouns

      2. Subject Prefixes

  3. Verbs & Adjectives

    1. Memorization: Most common

    2. Usage

      1. Describing daily routine

Section Two: Sentence Structure of Kiswahili, ability to construct and hold conversations

  1. Verbs & Nouns

    1. Understanding nouns & simple noun classes

      1. Family

      2. Foods

      3. Place

    2. Compound Verb Combinations

      1. Positives

      2. Negatives

  2. Readings (Short Story Ch. 1: Maisha ya Nyumbani)

    1. Workbook: Unit 3 Sema Kiswahili, Ch. 2 Additional Resources


    2. Discussion

    3. Utilizing online tools (e.g.

Cultural Language Lab: “Kangas in East Africa” Showcase of artifacts.

Kenyan Call, (Talking to a Native Kiswahili Guest Speaker for Comparative Reasons)

Section Three: To test your self, is to strengthen and know your self.

  1. Start Family Description Projects

    Original Spreadsheet assignments

    Workbooks: Unit 4 Sema Kiswahili, Ch. 3 Additional Resources

Section Four:

  1. Submission of Family & Friends Participation Sheets

  2. Presentation of Projects

  3. Application of Nouns & Verbs in Marketplace, in Homes, Various Environments, etc.

    Workbooks: Unit 5 Sema Kiswahili, Ch. 4 Additional Resources

  1. Mid-Review

  2. Oral Midterm Quizzes (Short Reviews, timing dependent upon class size)

Tanzanian Call (Talking to a Native Kiswahili Guest Speaker for Comparative Reasons)

Cultural Language Lab: “Chakula cha East Africa” Showcase of artifacts.

Section Five:

  1. Readings (Short Story Ch. 2: Utanikumbuka)

    Workbooks: Unit 6 Sema Kiswahili, Ch. 5, additional resources

    1. Recognizing Compound-verb combinations

  2. Dictionary Project

    Family Tree Project

  3. Review, Review, Review.

  4. Presentation of Projects, Knowledge, Discussion.


Attendance Policy:


Participation: This is a world/bridge/bantu language course, the only way to truly learn is to be present in class and ready to learn. You are expected to participate in discussion, respond to questions in class, and to RE-WRITE/RECORD ALL ITEMS TYPED OUT IN THE PROCESS OF THIS COURSE. Consider Any Language Shared to be an addendum to you textbook, all will resurface with testing. The more actively you are involved during the sessions, the more you will learn!


Honesty: Academic Honesty is expected and academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.


(Basically – Do your own work. “Keep it One-Hunnerd,” as my Spelman professor would say.)


Late Policy: Be present.

(In time, on time, every time. Except, for a little bit ahead of time, and that’s better time.) -CLD 🙂

Music is played to begin class, as a grace period (we will respect African time/CP time).







Binder with workbook selections

Homework, or Projects

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