UB looks to African studies with course in Swahili taught by native Kenyan

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UB looks to African studies with course in Swahili taught by native Kenyan

THIS FALL, in response to student demand and at the initiative of the university-wide African Studies Committee, the university began introducing classroom instruction in Swahili, the principal language of eastern and central Africa.

The course was developed by the World Languages Institute administered by the UB Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. It is being taught by adjunct professor Simon Chilungu, a native of Kenya who holds a doctorate from UB and is on the faculty of Buffalo State College.

Mark Ashwill, who directs the World Languages Institute, said Swahili 102 will begin in the Spring 1996 semester. The program will be expanded in the 1996-97 academic year to a two-year, four-semester-course sequence. Ashwill said courses in two other major African language groups, Hausa and Zulu, may also be added during the 1996-97 academic year if justified by student demand.

Peter Ekeh, professor and chair of the UB Department of African American Studies and chair of the university's African Studies Committee, said these language programs may eventually serve as a base for a comprehensive African area studies program.

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