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Setswana (sometimes referred to as Tswana) is predominantly spoken in Botswana and South Africa. It is the official language of Botswana and, since 1994, one of nine indigenous languages to obtain official recognition in South Africa’s first post-apartheid Constitution. Setswana is spoken by over 4 million people in these two countries: Botswana has over 1 million native speakers of Setswana and in South Africa about 3.4 million people speak Setswana. Apart from Botswana and South Africa, there are also (smaller) groups of Tswana speakers in Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Levels Taught Instructor
Setswana Elementary I (First semester of Setswana) TBA
Setswana Elementary II (Second semester ofSetswana)  
Setswana Intermediate I (Third semester of Setswana)  
Setswana Intermediate I (Fourth semester of Setswana)  
Setswana Advanced I (Fifth semester of Setswana)  
Setswana Advanced II (Sixth semester of Setswana)  

The level I and II courses are offered in the fall and spring, respectively.

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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