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Ecole de Langues du Kenya is One of The Best Language School in Nairobi, Kenya, Offering Immersion Language Courses in English, Kiswahili, French, Spanish and Document Translation Services. Call Now: 07 03 22 88 40

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MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE,  ONE LANGUAGE: KISWAHILI

Hundreds of students from various countries, cultures, professions and ages have learnt Kiswahili at Language School of Kenya since we started in 2010. In the recent past, we have focused more on corporate training. Some of our recent and current corporate and individual clients including those booked from 2015 to present include:

  • The Kenya National Assembly
  • The Kuwait Embassy
  • The Embassy of Sweden
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • The International Rescue Committee
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Korea Broadcasting Service
  • Multichoice / MNET
  • UNOPS
  • UNHCR
  • World Bank Group
  • UNON
  • University exchange students – International  
  • AIESEC (Kenya) – different countries
  • Many other civil organizations and government agencies.

Sophie Fiona was a research students working in Kenya from the University of Minnetoba, Canada. She was one of our best students in 2016. She was able to speak Kiswahili in just a few weeks and we are very proud of her.

Some of our present and past students come from different countries such as Canada, USA, Switzerland, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, China, Japan, Korea, Eritrea, Russia, Germany, Mozambique, the UK, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo,, Netherlands, Tanzania, Uganda and many more.                            A Kiswahili class comprising students from United States of America and Switzerland. Some work with international agencies in Kenya and the knowledge of Kiswahili has greatly enhanced their work experience with the locals.                      JOVC Students from Japan studying Kiswahili at Language School of Kenya: 2015 - 2016 before being dispatched to work in various towns and cities in Kenya. The students were glad to have learnt Kiswahili before their final dispatch for 2 years in Kenya. Kiswahili made their integration and interaction with the local communities easier and fun.        University exchange students studying Economics under the AISEC program from Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa and Russia studying Kiswahili in 2016. Learning the language of the local people is a milestone in the success of your business in any country. Kiswahili means you can work with citizens from the coast of East Africa in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the Comores and others.           Students from Brazil, Eritrea and DRC chatting with their teacher. JOVC students celebrating their 50th anniversary with us at Language School of Kenya.           Time to celebrate with the students from Ethiopia and Uganda for their hard work. We'll always miss these girls. For sure!

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SWAHILI COURSES AT  the LANGUAGE SCHOOL in KENYA- ecole de langues du kenya

KISWAHILI COURSES OFFERED AT THE LANGUAGE SCHOOL IN KENYA

The Language School in Kenya offers short courses in Kiswahili language to students who want to speak Kiswahili within the shortest time possible. Our students come from different countries and cultures. Most of them are normally expatriates and other foreigners who are working in Kenya or East Africa with local communities or planning to settle in Kenya. Some are students from foreign universities doing research etc.

Almost everyone in Kenya, and by extension East Africa, speaks Kiswahili. Learning Kiswahili therefore enhances one’s integration into the local culture and thus vastly enhancing one’s work experience as this endears one unto the local community.

We offer different levels of Kiswahili language courses, which take different duration to complete. Further, our programs can be tailored to suit one’s needs and convenience. 

LEVELS 

Kiswahili language course is divided into four levels from basic beginners to advanced learners and the duration to complete each level is indicated as follows:

EUROPEAN (CEFRL) LEVEL DURATION
A1 - BEGINNERS120 HRS 
A2 - ELEMENTARY 120 HRS
B1 - INTERMEDIATE 180 HRS
B2 - ADVANCED180 HRS

STUDY OPTIONS

There are several study options tailored to your needs and convenience. Some students want to finish one level in a matter of days or weeks. For example, they can take Immersion program, which will take less than 1 month to finish one level. This is ideal for those who want to settle in a new language soonest. 

Those who are busy at work can take a less intense program like the extensive or standard option, but this will take a little longer to complete one level..

OPTION DURATION
Extensive 18 hrs / month
Standard24 hrs / month
Semi-intensive30 hrs / month
Intensive40 hrs / month
ImmersionFull Day (5 hrs / day)

WHY STUDY KISWAHILI?

Swahili (or Kiswahili as it is called when one is speaking the language) is the most important and widely studied indigenous language of Africa, the National and official language of Kenya and Tanzania. It is spoken as a native language on the East coast of Africa and the islands adjacent to the coast from Southern Somalia in the north down through the Kenyan and Tanzanian coasts.

Furthermore, Kiswahili is a Lingua franca of the African Continent spoken as a second language by millions of people mainly in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and East Zaire. There are also speakers in Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Southern Arabian countries such as Yemen and Oman, as well as other parts of the world.

It is aired in radio broadcasts such as the British Broadcast Corporation, Voice of America, and Deutsche Welle, Radio China International, Radio Japan and many more. It is heard in songs of famous singers such as Miriam Makeba and in popular films like the Lion King. African-Americans refer to their annual cultural festival as Kwanzaa, which is derived from the Swahili word kwanza or ‘first.’

Swahili is taught in academic institutions from Japan in the East to Mexico in the west. It can be used to fulfill language requirements. The study of Swahili also provides interesting issues regarding language policies and language planning. Whatever the area of research one is in, be it linguistics, anthropology, geography, archaeology, or even sociology, knowledge of Swahili and its many varieties is essential if one is working in the East African region. There are many benefits of knowing the Swahili language, including the fact that it serves as a good vehicle to accessing Swahili culture.

Swahili has a long written tradition and remarkable history. Finally, knowing Swahili enhances the credibility of researchers interested in East Africa and endears one to the host community.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

EUROPEAN LEVEL A1 - BEGINNERS COURSE -  DURATION 120 HOURS

This is the introduction of Swahili language to beginners. It is designed to enable learners develop the ability to communicate with ease with other Swahili speakers. 

This course is intended for students with little or no knowledge of Kiswahili. The course begins with basic lessons such as greetings and finishes up with lessons of self-expression in everyday life e.g. at grocery stores, at bank, at post office, making telephone calls etc.

The major goals are to enable students to develop communicative skills in Swahili through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. At the end of the course the student will be able to use a set of communication tools to comprehend and speak about a set of social situations.

The student will be able to communicate and discuss basic personal history, leisure time activities, work situations and use Swahili for day to day activities such as visiting the market. Essential skills such as asking and answering simple questions will be mastered.

Level A1 (Beginner) students' activities

EUROPEAN LEVEL A2 - ELEMENTARY COURSE - DURATION 120 HOURS

ELEMENTARY 1  - 60 hrs

Swahili Elementary 1 is a continuation of Swahili Beginners Level A1 (or equivalent). The course aims to build on existing knowledge of Swahili and provide a broader understanding of Swahili language and culture. Teaching is predominantly in Swahili and students are expected to prepare for class discussions and presentations. Effective communication in Swahili is the aim of this course. Students will be expected to participate in 'real life' situations through role play, for example, bargaining for goods at a local market. Students will form discussion groups to express thoughts and opinions. There will be written work involving translation.

At the end of Swahili Elementary 1, students will be able to understand more advanced grammatical structures and engage in discussions of a more complex nature.

 

ELEMENTARY 2  - 60 hrs

Swahili Elementary 2 is designed for those learners who have completed Swahili Elementary 1. The course aims at further immersion in use of the Swahili and its cultural context. Teaching is predominantly in Swahili and students are expected to prepare for class discussions and presentations. Effective communication in Swahili is the aim of this course. Students will be expected to participate in 'real life' situations through role play, for example, bargaining for goods at a local market. Students will form discussion groups to express thoughts and opinions. There will be written work involving translation.

At the end of Swahili Elementary 2, students will have achieved a basic level of fluency in the spoken language and will have a good working knowledge of advanced grammatical structures.

Level B1 (Intermediate) student presentation

 

  MATERIALS  &TIMETABLE

TIMETABLE

❖ The timetable for the program is decided by the learners according to their convenience, needs and availability. The tutor is available on either full-time or part-time basis from Monday to Saturday.

❖ Day classes hold between 9am - 4 pm and Evening classes hold between 5-8 pm

❖ Make up classes can be arranged for learners who miss a lesson for any reason, but must notify the tutor well in advance for proper arrangement.

❖ For classes holding at the learners’ place of choice, a small transport fee is charged per day depending on the distance.

❖ All fees due are paid at the beginning of the training program.

STUDY MATERIALS

For the course materials, the students are required to buy the recommended materials for themselves at the start of the training and the cost of the study materials varies from one level to the other, and will be indicated in the prospectus. The school often helps the students to obtain the materials from selected book stores in the city, mainly from the Text Book Centre.

There are several materials that are recommended for every level. Some of the materials may include:

  • Swahili dictionary
  • P.M. Wilson, Simplified Swahili
  • Teach Yourself Complete Swahili
  • Taifa Leo Newspaper
  • Ndoto ya Amerika by Ken Walibora
  • Tusome Kiswahili by Leonard & Angaluki Muaka
  • Selected Youtube videos and newsbroadcats.

NB: The materials may be revised to suit an individual or group requirements and needs. Please discuss with your instructor.

KISWAHILI INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED LEVEL B1 / B2 

DURATION - 180 HOURS

The Kiswahili Intermediate / Advanced level deals with more advanced forms of expression, grammar and vocabulary required for an intermediate / advanced qualification.

The course will equip the learner with language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and cultural information to make one a competent user of Swahili. The course will additionally provide the learner with the opportunity to enhance soft skills such as collaboration, respect for others’ opinions, netiquette, planning and managing one’s own learning, etc

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Make travelling arrangements in Swahili;
  • Describe leisure activities;
  • Express and defend an opinion on an issue;
  • Express dreams and hopes;
  • Write simple texts on familiar topics;
  • Discuss political and economic activities;
  • Write an official letter;
  • Translate documents from Swahili to English and vice-versa;
  • Highlight the main points of a newspaper article, news item, etc;
  • Write short poems;
  • Read and answer questions on short Swahili narratives;
  • Discuss social issues such as marriage, art, dances, etc;
  • Discuss environmental issues such as climate change, sanitation, water, etc.;
  • Answer questions on an extract of a Swahili novel;
  • Work effectively in groups;
  • Respect netiquette;
  • Plan and manage one’s own learning (learning autonomy).

EDUCATIONAL EXCURSIONS

We also organize educational and cultural excursions for our students and other interested groups and individuals to enrich their learning experience and have a practical experience of the language. Its so much fun!    

     Students taking an educational excursion to enhance their learning experience.

 

Learning Kiswahili at Language School of Kenya can be so much fun! Even much more!!

 STUDENT ACTIVITIES