Pomona College, the highly rated liberal arts college in Claremont, California, is offering a new half credit course in the study of Swahili. The Swahili language is used by more than 60 million people and is the official language of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, the Comoros Islands, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
At Pomona the students enrolled in the Self-Instructional Language Program (SLIP) study on their own according to a set schedule and meet once a week with a language coach to practice conversation.
Maduhu Kazi is one of two language coaches in the Pomona program. He is a native of Tanzania and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in economics at the Claremont Graduate University. While he not a language instructor, Swahili is his native tongue so he is well versed in the course’s content.