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2011 African Languages Initiative (AFLI) Swahili and Yoruba Domestic Summer Programs  
Institution name: University of Florida
Address: 1828 L Street NW Suite 1200
Gainesville, FL 326115560
Telephone: (352) 392-2183
Fax: (352) 392-2435
Web address: http://africa.ufl.edu/african-languages/afli/
Name: Dr. Charles Bwenge
Title: Swahili Domestic Program
Email: cbwenge@ufl.edu
Telephone: (352) 392-2183
Purposes and goals of the program:
The 2011 African Languages Initiative (AFLI) Swahili and Yoruba Domestic Summer Programs are hosted by the Center for African Studies, University of Florida, on behalf of the American Councils for International Education in collaboration with Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI). The programs expose learners to the culture and traditions of the languages both inside and outside the classroom. Instruction is performance-based and communication-oriented, provided by expert and native-speaking instructors.

The programs are open to students of all majors and designed to assist qualified students to reach functional proficiency in their language of choice in two or more skills (reading, writing, speaking, or listening) in preparation for overseas study.
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Program funding:
SCALI is a cooperative effort of the Association of African Studies and the following Title VI National Resource Centers for Africa, funded by the U.S. Department of Education:

African Studies Center, Boston University

Committee on African Studies, Harvard University

African Studies Program, Indiana University

African Studies Center, Michigan State University

African Studies Program, Ohio University

Center for African Studies, University of California - Berkeley

Center for African Studies, University of Florida

Kansas African Studies Center, University of Kansas

African Studies Center, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Council on African Studies, Yale University
Languages/dialects taught:
  • Swahili
  • Program type:  Summer Program
    Average enrollment:
    Total contact hours per week: 30
    Times per week classes meet: 5
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    Meetings take place on weekdays. In addition, students spend every other weekend with a host family in order to converse in the target language.
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    Total contact hours per week: 30
    Times per week: 5
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    Students are grouped based on proficiency in the language.
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    Credit received from formal education system:
    Students earn course credit equivalent to one academic year of instruction.
    Types of support received (e.g., financial, time from parents or volunteers):
    Students are encouraged to seek financial assistance from their home institution and other sources. Possible funding sources include Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships both for graduate students and undergraduate students. FLAS provides a stipend of $2,500 and covers tuition costs. Funding is also allowed depending on availibility of funds. A FLAS award is not a requirement to attend SCALI.
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    Although only the Swahili and Yoruba classes encourage participation of heritage language speakers, the program also offers courses in the following languages: Akan, Amharic, Arabic Igbo, Hausa, Pulaar, Setswana, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Xhosa, and Yoruba.

    Updated by Carmen Winkler on 11/10/2017