Academic Components

The African Languages Initiative academic program at SUZA will combine intensive small-group language instruction with daily individualized tutorials. The program is classroom intensive, with 20 academic hours per week of classroom language instruction. In addition, students will devote four hours weekly to individual work with a language tutor. Language classes will meet four days a week. Students will have a portion of the afternoon on these four days available for optional content and elective classes, internships, or independent research. The fifth day will also be free for optional elective classes, internships, or independent research, as desired.   

Content classes taught in the target language will address topics such as host county politics, economics, culture, history, and sociology. The language and content courses are designed to complement each other in developing overall proficiency Swahili language.

Each week will include a language and culture course, incorporating bi-weekly excursions to complement classroom activities. The individual tutorials will be scheduled four times a week, and will help to integrate and clarify regular classroom material, while also addressing personal needs as a learner of Swahili. All language tutors are professional teachers of the target language.

Professional language development activities—enrolling in a specialization course and engaging in extracurricular activities requiring practical use of the language—will enable students to develop language skills that will be particularly relevant in the sphere of their academic and professional interest.

Academic Schedule

Language classes will meet four days a week. Students will have a portion of the afternoon on these four days available for optional content and elective classes, internships, or independent research.  The fifth day will also be free for optional elective classes, internships, or independent research, as desired.

Small-group classroom language instruction, including bi-weekly excursions             20 hrs/week

Individual tutorials (language partners)                                                                      4 hrs/week

Elective Courses, Internships and/or independent research (optional)                      12 hrs/week

A Typical daily class schedule will be as follows:

            1st Language class session (M-T)                                                                  8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

BREAK

            2nd Language class session (M-T)                                                                 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

 

LUNCH

            3rd Language class session (M-T)                                                                  1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

           

Content or elective classes (optional)                                                                        2:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Individual language tutorial                                                                                        5:30 to 6:30 p.m