African Studies Center

University of Pennsylvania


Penn National African Language Initiative Summer Institute (NALISI) Zulu Program
June 13 — August 05, 2011

The University of Pennsylvania will host the eight-week National African Languages Initiative Summer Institute (NALISI) 2011 to teach intensive Zulu language and culture within the African Studies Center. The NALISI project is part of the federally-funded NSEP African Languages Initiative to deepen students’ knowledge of, and proficiency in, African languages and cultures and it is administered by American Councils for International Education. The goal of the NALISI program is to provide students with Zulu language and culture resources to increase national access to this strategic language of South Africa.

NALISI offers national standards-based and performance-based instruction by experienced, expert native speakers of the Zulu language. Students are exposed to the language and culture of the Zulu people both inside and outside the classroom through extra-curricular activities to enhance their proficiency in the language. NALISI draws participants nationwide, affording them a unique opportunity to meet people interested in South(ern) Africa from across the United States.

Classes meet four hours daily (from Monday through Friday) for the duration of the institute. The course materials and content to be covered in each course will be equivalent to that of a year course. The NALISI program currently offers two levels of Zulu, elementary and intermediate levels. The Elementary Zulu course is for beginners and it requires no pre-requisites. To enroll in the Intermediate Zulu course, however, you must have completed at least a year of Zulu or the equivalent, such as Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI), etc. We will consider the advanced level provided there is sufficient demand.

The program is open to undergrad and graduate students from across institutions as well as professionals from various sectors.

For more information please contact:
Audrey N Mbeje, Ph.D., NALISI Director
University of Pennsylvania
African Studies Center
648 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel.: 215.898.4299

For more information about African Languages at Penn please email the Director of African Language Program,
Dr. Audrey N Mbeje, or call: (215) 898-4299

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