Swahili belongs to the Bantu family of languages spoken throughout east, central and southern Africa. It has absorbed words from non-Bantu languages such as Arabic, Persian, Portuguese and English. Swahili is known by its speakers as Kiswahili and is spoken by approximately 80 million people in several states of East Africa, chiefly in Tanzania, Kenya, eastern Congo (DRC), and in the Comoro Islands.
Swahili is also widely spoken in Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda, and is a national and official language in Tanzania and Kenya which means that it is used as a language of correspondence in government and commerce alongside English. The language also has a significant presence in major cities of Europe and the United States where African Diaspora communities are found, and in the Gulf states such as Oman.
Swahili @ Langma School of Languages
Kiswahili has been taught at Langma School of Languages for over eight years now. Initially, the teaching of Kiswahili was administered by the Special Language Programme at Langma School of Languages. It was taught by part time lecturers depending on students’ demand. Upon the establishment of the full Kiswahili language at Langma School of Languages, Kiswahili and other African languages, as well as Arabic and Hebrew became the African and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, a new programme housed in the Language Centre, which is under the newly established Division of Cultures, Literatures and Languages.
Since the establishment of Langma School of Languages, when the Kiswahili language course was started, three levels of Kiswahili have been offered consistently at Langma School of Languages in a three quarter sequence. Kiswahili learners at Langma School of Languages have an opportunity to pursue the undergraduate course in Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. For more information about Kiswahili language visit Langma School of Languages.
The learning outcomes for Swahili language programme