Saturday, May 26, 2012

Swahili Courses

Length: 1 weeks to 4 months

ISS offers an intensive Swahili training program that is tailored to the needs of each and every student. The curriculum ranges from 2 weeks to 4 months long. Students are immediately encouraged to start speaking from the first day as instructors provide a solid foundation in phonics, grammar, and vocabulary for them. The school operates on a rotating schedule so that students can learn from a range of teaching styles

If language level testing is required, this can be arranged.

Class Locations
Part of the benefit of the customizable nature of our courses is that the location will be determined based on your needs, and the size of the group. Many classes in Iringa are held at River Valley Campsite or at the Danish Lutheran Mission compound. Dar es Salaam classes are held at Danish Lutheran Compound or at Msasani. Should you need us to come to you, that can also be discussed and arranged.

Class Information
Ratio remains a maximum of 1:5, so that students can have as much one-on-one time with teachers as possible. Class is in session Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is an opportunity to have a “tea break” at 10:30 a.m.

Cross-Cultural Experience
Traditional cooking day
Photo Credit: Naphtali Kate
ISS offers well-rounded courses, which can include non-traditional learning through field trips and tours. These trips provide cultural context to lessons and put students’ conversation and comprehension to practice.
  • Museums
  • Special Visitors
  • Traditional style cooking days
  • Dancing and Singing
  • Homestays


Homestays are an additional option which allow students to live with a local family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve their language ability. ISS encourages students to participate in homestays throughout their language study. Most students choose to do the homestays at the end of the program, but some do it in-between.

Benefits of Homestays:
  • Allows the student to practice language ability
  • Allows the student to know what they need to practice
  • Gives cultural context to the learning
  • Allow students to make valuable relationships