Saturday, May 26, 2012

Swahili Courses

Length: 2 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.

Photo Credit: Naphtali Kate
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.

Traditional cooking day
Photo Credit: Naphtali Kate
ISS offers well-rounded courses, which includes 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

Sitting in a cheif's seat
Homestays allow students to rent a room from 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 more on
  • Gives cultural context to the learning
  • Allow students to make valuable relationships, which will be necessary for working in Tanzania