1. Who takes Kiswahili at UR?
Since the Self-Paced Kiswahili course has been instituted, close to twenty students have taken the course. Studentsí interests in taking the course are manifold but fall into three main categories:
- International Studies majors with an interest in Africa concentration
- Students with special interest in linguistic studies or research projects in Africa.
- Students interested in learning a non-Indo-European language
- Students driven by sheer intellectual curiosity
2. Who took Kiswahili at UR?
Before the launching the Self-Paced program under which (link) Kiswahili
and Portuguese are taught, one student who had spent a semester in
Tanzania and who had the basics of everyday conversation, took Intermediary
Kiswahili as an independent study. Since then, the following students took the course:
- Fall 1995 & Spring 1996
- Laly Lichtenfeld (WC '96), a biology major. Prior to taking Kiswahili,
she had visited Kenya for two months during which she picked up
some conversational bits. It translated in being the stronger of the two in
spoken language. At the end of that year, she received a Fullbright
scholarship to spend a year in Kenya for biology study.
- Duriechee Lynch, (WC '96). A native of Richmond, Duriechee, whose main
contact with the language was through the course and learning aids,
had a much stronger control of the mechanics and grammar.
- Fall 1996 & Spring 1997
- Ann Boxberger (WC '2000), an International Studies major with an Africa
concentration. She is the first freshman to have taken Kiswahili as a
freshman. For the year 1998-1999, she will spend one year in Africa, one
semester in Kenya, a Kiswahili country, and one semester in Ghana.
- Sallie Hirsch, (WC '97), English major. She took the course as a way to
familiarize herself with Africa. After graduation, she was accepted in the
Graduate program for Ph. D. studies in Anglophone African literature at
Ohio State University, Columbus.
- Deborah Hopper, (WC '98). She chose to study Kiswahili purely for intellectual
curiosity. She was one of the students who finished the first year.
- Benjamin Keller, (RC '98), a German and Linguistics major. Bwana Ben as he came
to be known to the instructor was a university scholar. He took Kiswahili as part of
his training in linguistics. He is the only student so far to have completed both
years. He was awarded the Outstanding student (RC) for Foreign languages at graduation.
Ben has received several offers for Graduate school and has chosen the University of
Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, to do a Ph. D. in German linguistics.
- Katrina Simon, (WC '98). She chose to study Kiswahili purely for intellectual
- Jeff Weese, (RC '98). He took Kiswahili purely for intellectual curiosity.
- Fall 1997 & Spring 1998
- Avril Baloney (WC '1999), she took Kiswahili out of intellectual curiosity.
- Kat Bulger (WC '1999), International Studies major, she took the course
for her interest in Africa concentration.
- Cytena Hubbard (WC '1999), she took Kiswahili out of intellectual curiosity.
She completed the first year of the course.
- Mariane Wilson (WC '1999), she took Kiswahili out of intellectual curiosity.
Return to HomePage |
Return to Main Page |
Aims of the Course |
Books and Documents |
Drill Instructor |
Future of Kiswahili |
Former Students |
Kingwana or Copperbelt Kiswahili |
Kiswahili I |
Kiswahili II |
Kiswahili and Kwaanza |
Kiswahili Language |
Linguistic Map |
Method of the course |
Multimedia Resources |
Professional Organizations |
Prospective Students |
Self-Paced Program |
Swahiliphone Countries |