Swahili Classes

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Traveling to Kenya? Or maybe you just came back from Africa? If you live in the Vancouver area, you can learn Swahili right here with us.

CNIS offers Level 1 and Level 2 Swahili classes in our Kitsilano office, usually in the spring and fall. We can also offer private lessons for groups of minimum of 8 people. Each course runs for a duration of 7 weeks.

Learn Swahili for only $80! ($60 for CNIS members)

The course fee includes seven instructional weeks of grammar, vocabulary and conversational topics and all materials.

Swahili Level 1

Jackie Ochieng Teaching Swahili Beginner Class

Ruth Situma teaches Swahili Beginner Class. Photo © CNIS

The Swahili Level 1 class gives the introduction to the Swahili language. This class gives the clear basic conversations. At the end of seven modules, students should be able to join level 2.

Level 1 classes are held on Tuesdays from 6:30PM – 8:00PM, for seven weeks.

Upcoming Level 1 classes:

September 18 – October 30, 2012

  • Instructor: TBA

Course Outline

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Swahili Level 2

Jackie Ochieng Teaching Swahili Beginner Class

Jackie Ochieng teaches Swahili at the CNIS office. Photo © CNIS

The Level 2 course offers a review of the Level 1 course to orient the students to be able to transition to a higher level. Following review, topics covered include the basic noun classes, personal and possessive pronouns, additional vocabulary, verbs in the present, past, past participle and future tenses, verb negations and writing simple sentences. Conversational Swahili is also practiced.

Level 2 classes are held on Wednesdays from 6:30PM – 8:00PM, for seven weeks.

Upcoming Level 2 classes:

September 19 – October 31, 2012

  • Instructor: TBA

Course Outline

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View CNIS Swahili-flyer FALL 2012

Class Registration

Classes are kept small to provide adequate instructional support. Register now to secure your spot!!

Download Swahili registration-form (Fillable PDF)

For registration details, please contact office@cnis.ca or phone: (604) 739-4708

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Swahili Course Instructor

Ruth Situma

Ruth is a current MA candidate in Political Science and International Development at the University of Guelph. Her current research focuses on regional organizations and democracy promotion in Africa. She has lived in Canada for a number of years an had been tutoring Swahili since 2007. She is a language enthusiast, speaking 5 diverse languages including Swahili and Italian. Her experiences both in learning and teaching new languages will make the Swahili class enjoyable, practical and easy to learn.

Mellab N. Situma

Mellab N. Situma is a Registered Nurse both in Kenya and Canada. She has worked in Kenya in the Health care sector as public health educator on preventative health services. A bulk of her work has been in communities which are culturally and ethnically diverse, and Swahili as Kenya’s national language has been the point of convergence and practical tool of communicating.

She has an advanced diploma in nursing with a focus on education and administration. For the past 5 years she has been tutoring Kiswahili to international volunteers visiting Kenya on a one –on- one basis and with small groups in Nairobi. Her knowledge and practical experience will add to the diversity and practicality of the sessions.

Our Swahili-speaking trainers who will teach the language and share life stories that will keep you wanting to learn more.

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Swahili links

Swahili language and culture

Swahili translation

Swahili chat room

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