Swahili News and Announcements

Swahili News and Announcements

  • 8/11/2015
    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!
  • Lecturer/Instructor position for Swahili for the academic year 2015-2016
    12/15/2014

    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. Renewal of the position is contingent on availability of funding, strong performance reviews and sufficient course enrollments. Salary is commensurate with experience.


    Responsibilities include teaching six courses per year and assisting in running extra-curricular and outreach activities, in consultation with the language program director. Duties include teaching, grading, material development, holding office hours, attending meetings, and well as assisting with special events (such as languages days, film nights, conversation tables) and promoting the program through activities, flyers, informational sessions, as applicable.

    Experience in language teaching and at least a Master’s degree are required. A specialization in Swahili or experience with teaching Swahili as a foreign language, particularly at university level, is preferred.

    Candidates with a PhD in hand and evidence of successful teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels will be considered as a Lecturer. Candidates who are ABD or hold a Master’s degree and present evidence of successful teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels will be considered as an Instructor.

    To apply, create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page at the application URL below and upload your application materials: application letter, CV, including contact information (or Interfolio ID) for three professional references. Referees will be contacted electronically by the department after submission of the application. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.

    Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by February 2, 2015. Letters of recommendation must be received no later than February 9, 2015. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date, although no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For more information contact slcl-hrillinois.edu.

    Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

    Application Deadline: 02-Feb-2015

    Web Address for Applications: http://jobs.illinois.edu

  • NEW: Swahili reference section at the IAS Library
    3/4/2014

    Visit the new Swahili reference section at the International Studies library (website here). 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)

  • Language, culture and identity in East Africa and the Swahili-speaking world (Ling 199)
    12/4/2013
    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: kriedel@illinois.edu
  • African Language Day Fall 2013
    10/22/2013Kristina Riedel writer Kristina Riedel by Kristina Riedel published by Kristina Riedel
    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.