Welcome to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Swahili program website. Here you will find information about our language program and events, and links to other Swahili resources and websites.
Current and former students, as well as anyone else in CU who speaks some Swahili, are welcome to join the Meza ya Kiswahili/Swahili table and our other public events (including movies). Karibuni sana! Keep checking the events section for happenings too!
News & Announcements
The Swahili program is very happy to welcome Dr. Mary Gathogo as lecturer of Swahili starting in Fall 2015! About her: Dr. Gathogo received both her MA in Applied Linguistics and PhD in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from Ohio University, Athens. She has over three years of experience in teaching Swahili both in semester-based and intensive summer programs. Besides teaching, she has consulted extensively for U.S. based foreign language organizations in Swahili language testing. Her main research interest is international education with a particular focus on the development of intercultural competence through study abroad and foreign language learning. She is also interested in research on the internationalization of higher education in African universities. Karibu sana Mwalimu Mary!
Tue, 11 Aug 2015
The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a non-tenure track, full-time position as Lecturer/ Instructor for Swahili for the 2015-16 academic year, with a target start date of August 16, 2015. Application Deadline: 02-Feb-2015
Mon, 15 Dec 2014
Visit the new Swahili reference section at the International Studies library (website: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ias/). There you can find a selection of good dictionaries, grammar and other reference works that are for reference only (so all students can access them whenever they need them!). Read Ashley Sheriff's IAS blog post about it (which also has a list of the books included in it:http://publish.illinois.edu/iaslibrary/2014/03/01/introducing-dr-kristina-riedel-and-the-swahili-reference-resources-at-the-ias-library/)
Tue, 04 Mar 2014
The Swahili program is planning to offer a new Swahili-related course for Spring 2014 entitled 'Language, Culture, and Identity in East Africa and the Swahili-speaking world' (Ling 199, CRN 29534). This class will be taught in English and all readings will be in English. It's scheduled for MW 2-3.20pm in 1134 FLB. The schedule details are here: https://courses.illinois.edu/cisapp/dispatcher/schedule/2014/spring/LING/199 More course details here: http://swahili.linguistics.illinois.edu/courses/documents/SWAH150-Ling199.pdf Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed, 04 Dec 2013
Tomorrow (23rd October 2013) the African languages program - including Swahili, Wolof and Zulu, will host an African language day. All are welcome! Drop by (at the Asian American Cultural Center (1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana, IL 61801 - kitchen, lounge and activities room) between 9am and 3pm to join UIUC African language students in a range of activities including music, food, stories and African outfits and learn more about our activities. 9-10am Wolof: cooking & Wolof 403 students will perform a song 10-11.30am East African breakfast: Making chai and maandazi 11-12am African: Travel stories - advanced Swahili students will talk their personal experiences in various regions of Africa and show pictures and answer questions 1-2pm modeling/dancing 2-3pm Taste of African languages - we will have (photo) books, snacks, posters, knowledge cards, music, kangas... : ask any cultural, societal, geographic, historical, language-related question you have.
Tue, 22 Oct 2013