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African Language Resources at UC Berkeley

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The Center for African Studies, in partnership with the Department of African American Studies and the Berkeley Language Center, works to support the African language learning needs of students and faculty. The program is guided by a leadership team consisting of representatives from the Department, the Center for African Studies, the Berkeley Language Center and the College of Letters and Science. Dr. Elizabeth Boner in the Center for African Studies provides support and coordination for the program.

In Spring 2013, we are offering Chichewa, Kiswahili I, II and III and Wolof I and II. These language courses are listed in African American Studies. Arabic is available through the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Courses in these languages will be available to all Berkeley students and, through concurrent enrollment via UC Extension, to members of the larger community. We offer a weekly Kiswahili Table. Please contact us for futher information.

We have offered other languages in the recent past: Afrikaans, Amharic, Bamana, Lingala, Malagasy, Shona, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu. While the tutorial request program is not currently accepting students, we encourage you to register your interest in other African languages by completing the tutorial request form and submitting it to CAS.

Through our Understanding Sudan curriculum project, we developed material on Sudanese Arabic. We are developing material in Amharic, Oromo, Somali, Swahili and Tigrinya through our Understanding the Horn project.

The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for graduate and undergraduate students is an important part of our language program. Competition deadlines are early in the calendar year.

Summer Language Institutes and Programs

UC Berkeley is offering Intensive Elementary Swahili in Summer 2014. Taught by David Kyeu in the Department of African American Studies, the 8 unit course provides a full year of study in 8 weeks, 23 June to August 15, 2014. Read more...

The Title VI African Studies Centers nationwide collaborate to offer a range of summer language study opportunities. In addition to the Swahili course at UC Berkeley, other options for this coming summer as well as offerings in past summers are listed in the links that follow:

The Association of African Studies Programs, the African Language Teaching Association and three universities share the task of administering competitive US Department of Education Title VI Fulbright Group Project Abroad Advanced Overseas Intensive Language Projects. In 2014, the GPA programs are in Tanzania for Advanced Swahili and in Nigeria for Advanced Yoruba.

Other African Language Resources

 
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