STARTALK Swahili is an intensive, four-week course for 8th - 12th graders that meets daily from Monday through Friday with classroom instruction of 3.5 hours and an hour of conversation. On successful completion of the course, students will get 3 credits. In the afternoon, there will be one and a half hours of small group sessions which will focus on reinforcement of materials introduced in the morning sessions via interactive activities like role plays, vocabulary games, and songs. At the end of the program students will participate in a festival which will allow them to share their Swahili language and culture experiences to the local community. By the end of the program, we expect the students to reach ACTFL Novice Mid. A tuition benefit is provided to participants in the program.
After the program, there will be on line sessions via IU Course Management Site (ONCOURSE) for students to continue with their Swahili language study during the academic year. And STARTALK Swahili instructors will arrange with high school teachers to meet at least once a month with the STARTALK Swahili students either at the IU campus or at their respective schools.