All of us at SwahiliPlus are experienced language instructors who love to teach Swahili. We build relationships with our students because we know from experience that it takes more than just grammar lessons and vocabulary tests to really learn a language and to gain cultural understanding. An important part of each SwahiliPlus session is the time we take just to chat about our lives. We love to learn about our students, and we love to tell them about our interests and activities outside of the classroom as well.
We are always happy when we can see our students in person in Dar es Salaam, but thanks to WhatsApp or Skype video calling, we enjoy being able to see and interact with our students no matter where they live.
Yusufu (Yusuph to his friends and students) is the CEO and Co-founder of SwahiliPlus. He has been teaching Swahili and culture for 5 years. In addition to teaching, he has provided translation and interpretation services as well as community and government relations work for a US-based renewable energy company working to bring clean, off-grid electricity to remote villages in Tanzania. Yusuph has an entrepreneurial spirit and has put his Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Marketing to good use, building a new business that meets the needs of companies and individuals from outside Tanzania who want to do work in Tanzania or simply want to the language and understand the culture.
Rose Pendael is a professional teacher of Swahili and Literature in English. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and has been teaching Swahili to non-native speakers for 2 years. Rose describes her teaching style as follows: "I usually talk to the students to get a feel for their level of knowledge and also to just figure out their personalities so as to know how to create and deliver my lessons. Materials I use include flash cards (which are one of the best ways to learn and remember new things), short stories and pictures which make lessons fun but very easy to remember at the same time. I am interested in using various interactive methods for Swahili lessons including the Communicative (Competence-based), Immersion, Task-based, Grammar, Audio -lingual approaches as well as reading and storytelling. I also use MP3 audio and video recordings for my students' supplementary purposes as well as pronunciation practice. This I usually alternate with regular homework as well as tests and pop quizzes to ensure the student is keeping up."
Mkelemi Abdulrahman has been teaching for 3 years. When he is not teaching, he is a passionate social activist working on gender-related issues, reproductive health and youth empowerment. He has taken part in the implementation of youth-related programs and projects carried out by local and international organizations including Youth of United Nations Association (YUNA), TAMASHA and Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA). His work with these organizations included facilitating the delivery of information and education about reproductive health, good governance, youth empowerment, gender-related issues, and leadership. He also enjoys helping people write their CVs and improve their businesses.
Mr. Ngata is a stem Educator and story writer. He has developed outlines, scripts, and lyrics for Ubongo Company. He has also reviewed their storyboards and animatics and has translated radio content from English to Swahili and from Swahili to English. He has been involved in training projects involving clean and dirty energy, solar energy, and mathematics. He has taught Swahili to students from Texas, California, India and England. He has written 11 stories (8 fiction and 3 non-fiction) in Swahili and English - https://www.booksie.com/users/mbega-r-ngata-275031 . Mr. Ngata likes writing, narrating, cultural exchange, and learning new skills. He attended the huge international cultural festival in China in 2019 and he is currently pursuing a Master of Science in oil and natural gas engineering in China.
Janeth has a Bachelors degree in Swahili and has been teaching Swahili for 6 years. She
enjoys teaching Swahili and culture to non-Swahili speakers from around the world and
has also taught Swahili to adult learners at Cilos College in Dar es Salaam. She has a
certificate in Translation and worked at the Practical Training Institute of Adult Education
translating from English to Swahili.