What is “Sema Swahili”?
“Sema Swahili” means Speak Swahili in Swahili. Sema Swahili is the name for our Swahili master classes which are open to everyone including UBC students, UBC alumni, staff, faculty and non-UBC students. Sema Swahili lessons are based at UBC (Vancouver) and are offered under the auspices of the Department of Linguistics and the Department of African Studies Minor. The co-ordinators of Sema Swahili are Joash Johannes (a UBC linguistics doctoral student from Tanzania) and Daniel Mundeva (a native Swahili speaker and a UBC graduate).
Sema Swahili Beginner’s level goals
We are starting with the beginner’s level, that is, if you never studied Swahili before or your Swahili background and understanding is poor, this is your perfect opportunity! At this level the goals of Sema Swahili are to enable learners to be able to:
- Listen to simple Swahili conversations and understand.
- Read simple Swahili texts with full comprehension.
- Process simple expressions and express themselves in Swahili.
- Comfortably use the Swahili orthography in writing.
- Understand basic Swahili grammar and Swahili culture.
The first round of Sema Swahili lessons will kick-start in January 14, 2014 to April 15, 2014. Sema Swahili teaches Swahili in a creative environment using a combination of teaching methods which make learning Swahili more fun and interesting!
If you are interested, please read about our fees and running costs and register now!