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Princeton in Kenya

Princeton in Kenya is a Kiswahili summer study abroad program which allows students to encounter firsthand the peoples, culture, and contemporary concerns of other regions of the world.

The program offers Princeton students an intensive experience that combines in-class Swahili language study with immersion in the daily life and culture of the Swahili-speakers across Kenya.

SWA103K

Princeton in Kenya: SWA103K

Maseno University-Kisumu Campus

May 30 – July 8, 2022

Mahiri Mwita, Lecturer in Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

SWA103K is a 6-week summer in-country, immersive course for students who have no prior proficiency in Swahili language. Students who complete SWA103K will be able to test out of SWA101 and SWA102 and be eligible to enroll in SWA105 on campus in the fall. 

SWA103K introduces the Kiswahili language and culture to learners who have no prior knowledge. The course focuses on acquiring novice-level skills to perform basic communication functions in the culture of Swahili speakers. Instruction is through pre-class vocabulary-learning tasks, in-class lecture, in-class and out-of-class performance of cultural themes, and experiential activities that enhances the skills of observing, listening, reading, writing and speaking about what learners encounter on a day-to-day basis. The cultural themes include basics of daily life such as greetings, introductions, communicating with/about family and relationships, telling time, describing daily and weekly activities, food, physical features and other aspects of material culture of the U.S. and East Africa. Out-of-class immersion sessions include students performing experiential tasks such as interacting and speaking with locals, such as while riding a local commuter service, requesting for assistance, visiting, buying, and paying for groceries, meals, and services. At the end of the course, learners are expected to have acquired simple grammatical competency to perform day-to-day interactions in Swahili language.

Princeton in Kenya: SWA105K

Maseno University-Kisumu Campus

May 30 – July 8, 2022

Mahiri Mwita, Lecturer in Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

SWA105K is 6-week summer in-country, immersive course for students who have taken SWA101 and SWA102. Students who complete SWA105K will be able to enroll in SWA107 on campus in the fall.

SWA105K content will review, consolidate and enhance the communicative skills acquired in previous semesters (in SWA101 and SWA102) through reading, writing, speaking, listening and performative activities using cultural content at and around various locations in Kenya. The course is experiential — its content emphasizes using daily cultural experiences of East African culture as a basis of studying and performing grammatical concepts in and out of the classroom. Aside from in-class language instruction in Kiswahili, students will be required to participate in daily immersion sessions with the local conversation partners that may take them to localities within Kisumu. Course content and topics draw from and are aligned to immersion tasks and academic excursions/trips. 

By the end of the course, learners are expected to perform basic interpersonal communication tasks in Kiswahili language such as: conversing in Kiswahili about daily activities, such classes/school activities, requesting services, or using public transportation, etc.; speaking, reading and writing about daily activities in comprehensible Kiswahili using basic noun class conjugation rules; ability to communicate in Kiswahili while asking and using basic services, such as conversation with peers about daily chores, transportation, restaurant culture, etc.; write at least one-page essay in comprehensible Kiswahili about basic activities of daily life.

Spnsored by the Office of International Programs and the Program in African Studies.