Swahili – STARTALK Infrastructure Project

The Language Acquisition Resource Center was awarded the STARTALK Swahili Infrastructure building project in 2017. Through this project six Swahili courses were developed at the ACTFL Novice-Mid to Advanced Low proficiency levels. Each course (60 contact hours) contains two curricula, one for listening and speaking, and one for reading and writing for students in grades K-8; 20 learning plans for each curriculum (total 200 learning plans); 12 instructional videos at the Novice and Intermediate levels narrated Swahili to complement the curricula and learning plans and make STARTALK-endorsed principles more comprehensible and accessible to Dari teachers, in particular, and to all other teachers, in general. Because they are developed based on ACTFL proficiency guidelines and not local or regional curricula and standards, these resources can be utilized effectively to fit the needs of any K-8 language program in the United States.

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Swahili Course 1 (Novice Mid)

 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1Introduction - Self and FamilyDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 2Introduction - Self and FamilyDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3Introduction - Self, Family, and PleasantriesDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4Introduction - Self, Family, and JobsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5Introduction - Self, Family, and HospitalityDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1HospitalityDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2Hospitality - Serving Authentic FoodDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 3Hospitality - Entertaining a GuestDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4Hospitality - Welcoming a GuestDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5Hospitality - Meeting and GreetingDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Wildlife - Zoo AnimalsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Wildlife - Jobs at the National Park Download
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Wildlife - Seasonal Jobs at the National ParkDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Wildlife - Seasonal Migration in KenyaDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Wildlife - Seasonal Migration in TanzaniaDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Wildlife Areas - SerengetiDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Wildlife Areas - Maasai MaraDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Wildlife - Elephants and LionsDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Wildlife - Climbing Lions and RhinosDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Wildlife - Other WildlifeDownload
 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1Introduction - Self and FamilyDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 2Introduction - Self and FamilyDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3Introduction - Self, Family, and PleasantriesDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4Introduction - Self, Family, and JobsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5Introduction - Self, Family, and HospitalityDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1HospitalityDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2Hospitality - Serving Authentic FoodDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 3Hospitality - Entertaining a GuestDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4Hospitality - Welcoming a GuestDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5Hospitality - Meeting and GreetingDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Wildlife - Zoo AnimalsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Wildlife - Jobs at the National Park Download
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Wildlife - Seasonal Jobs at the National ParkDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Wildlife - Seasonal Migration in KenyaDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Wildlife - Seasonal Migration in TanzaniaDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Wildlife Areas - SerengetiDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Wildlife Areas - Maasai MaraDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Wildlife - Elephants and LionsDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Wildlife - Climbing Lions and RhinosDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Wildlife - Other WildlifeDownload

Swahili Course 2 (Novice High)

 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1My Host Family - General InformationDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 2My Host Family - Physical AppeasanceDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3My Host Family - PersonalityDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4My Guide - Physical CharacteristicsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5My Guide - Personality TraitsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1Trips to Nairobi and Arusha - Typical MealsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2Trip to Nairobi - Grocery ShoppingDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 3Trip to Arusha - Grocery ShoppingDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4Trip to Nairobi - Local CuisinesDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5Trip to Arusha- Local CuisinesDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Wildlife - Serengeti National Park - TanzaniaDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Wildlife - Serengeti National Park - TanzaniaDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Wildlife - Serengeti National Park - Maasai Mara, KenyaDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Wildlife - Serengeti National Park - KenyaDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Wildlife Migration Download
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Wildlife PreservationDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Wildlife Preservation - Camping at the National Park, NairobiDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Wildlife Preservation - Camping at the National Park, ArushaDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Wildlife in kenyaDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Wildlife in TanzaniaDownload
 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1My Host Family - General InformationDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 2My Host Family - Physical AppeasanceDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3My Host Family - PersonalityDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4My Guide - Physical CharacteristicsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5My Guide - Personality TraitsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1Trips to Nairobi and Arusha - Typical MealsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2Trip to Nairobi - Grocery ShoppingDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 3Trip to Arusha - Grocery ShoppingDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4Trip to Nairobi - Local CuisinesDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5Trip to Arusha- Local CuisinesDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Wildlife - Serengeti National Park - TanzaniaDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Wildlife - Serengeti National Park - TanzaniaDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Wildlife - Serengeti National Park - Maasai Mara, KenyaDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Wildlife - Serengeti National Park - KenyaDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Wildlife Migration Download
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Wildlife PreservationDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Wildlife Preservation - Camping at the National Park, NairobiDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Wildlife Preservation - Camping at the National Park, ArushaDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Wildlife in kenyaDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Wildlife in TanzaniaDownload

Swahili Course 3 (Intermediate Low)

 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1People and Culture - Kenya and Tanzania)Download
Week 1 Learning Plan 2Food and Eating Habits - Maasai, Kenya and TanzaniaDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3Clothing - Maasai, Kenya and TanzaniaDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4Christmas Celebrations - Kenya and TanzaniaDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5Ramadan Celebrations - Kenya and TanzaniaDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1Animal Orphanage - LocationDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2Animal Orphanage - HabitatDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 3Animal Orphanage - SpeciesDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4Animal Orphanage - CharacteristicsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5Animal Orphanage - DietsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Endangered Animals - ElephantsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Endangered Animals - BuffalosDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Endangered Animals - LeopardDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Endangered Animals - LionsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Endangered Animals - RhinosDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Volunteering at the National Park - ApplicationDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Volunteering at the National Park - Pros and ConsDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Working with Rangers - The ProjectDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Working with Rangers - ResponsibilitiesDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Working with Rangers - A Typical DayDownload
 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1People and Culture - Kenya and Tanzania)Download
Week 1 Learning Plan 2Food and Eating Habits - Maasai, Kenya and TanzaniaDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3Clothing - Maasai, Kenya and TanzaniaDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4Christmas Celebrations - Kenya and TanzaniaDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5Ramadan Celebrations - Kenya and TanzaniaDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1Animal Orphanage - LocationDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2Animal Orphanage - HabitatDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 3Animal Orphanage - SpeciesDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4Animal Orphanage - CharacteristicsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5Animal Orphanage - DietsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Endangered Animals - ElephantsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Endangered Animals - BuffalosDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Endangered Animals - LeopardDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Endangered Animals - LionsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Endangered Animals - RhinosDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Volunteering at the National Park - ApplicationDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Volunteering at the National Park - Pros and ConsDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Working with Rangers - The ProjectDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Working with Rangers - ResponsibilitiesDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Working with Rangers - A Typical DayDownload

Swahili Course 4 (Intermediate Mid)

 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1National Parks in Kenya - HistoryDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 2National Parks in Kenya - Species of BirdsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3National Parks in Kenya - Species of AnimalsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4National Parks in Kenya - SafariDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5National Parks in Kenya - CampingDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1National Parks in Tanzania - HistoryDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2National Parks in Tanzania - Species of BirdsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 3National Parks in Tanzania - Species of AnimalsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4National Parks in Tanzania - AttractionsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5National Parks in Tanzania - CampingDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Wildebeest Migration - What it isDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Wildebeest Migration - AnimalsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Wildebeest Migration - CausesDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Wildebeest Migration - Seasons and DestinationsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Wildebeest Migration - ImapactDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Local Songs and Dances - Local Musical InstrumentsDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Local Songs and Dances - Tribal Dance and CultureDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Local Songs and Dances - Maasai Jumping DanceDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Local Songs and Dances - Bongo FlavaDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Local Songs and Dances - Bango and TaarabDownload
 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1National Parks in Kenya - HistoryDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 2National Parks in Kenya - Species of BirdsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3National Parks in Kenya - Species of AnimalsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4National Parks in Kenya - SafariDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5National Parks in Kenya - CampingDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1National Parks in Tanzania - HistoryDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2National Parks in Tanzania - Species of BirdsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 3National Parks in Tanzania - Species of AnimalsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4National Parks in Tanzania - AttractionsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5National Parks in Tanzania - CampingDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Wildebeest Migration - What it isDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Wildebeest Migration - AnimalsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Wildebeest Migration - CausesDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Wildebeest Migration - Seasons and DestinationsDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Wildebeest Migration - ImapactDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Local Songs and Dances - Local Musical InstrumentsDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Local Songs and Dances - Tribal Dance and CultureDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Local Songs and Dances - Maasai Jumping DanceDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Local Songs and Dances - Bongo FlavaDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Local Songs and Dances - Bango and TaarabDownload

Swahili Course 5 (Intermediate High)

 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1Serengeti Plain - HistoryDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 2Serengeti Plain - GeographyDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3Serengeti Plain - ClimateDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4Serengeti Plain - Annual MigrationDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5Serengeti Plain - Serengeti National ParkDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1Maasai Tribe - Daily LifeDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2Maasai Tribe - Traditional RolesDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 3Maasai Tribe - Food and NutritionDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4Maasai Tribe - Daily LifeDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5Maasai Tribe - Traditional RolesDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Hadzabe Tribe - Food and NutritionDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Hadzabe Tribe - Daily LifeDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Sukuma Tribe - Traditional RolesDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Sukuma Tribe - Food and NutritionDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Chagga Tribe - Daily LifeDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Chagga Tribe - Traditional RolesDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Chagga Tribe - Food and NutritionDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Makonde Tribe - Daily LifeDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Makonde Tribe - Traditional RolesDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Makonde Tribe - Food and NutritionDownload
 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1Serengeti Plain - HistoryDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 2Serengeti Plain - GeographyDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3Serengeti Plain - ClimateDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4Serengeti Plain - Annual MigrationDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5Serengeti Plain - Serengeti National ParkDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1Maasai Tribe - Daily LifeDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2Maasai Tribe - Traditional RolesDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 3Maasai Tribe - Food and NutritionDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4Maasai Tribe - Daily LifeDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5Maasai Tribe - Traditional RolesDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Hadzabe Tribe - Food and NutritionDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Hadzabe Tribe - Daily LifeDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Sukuma Tribe - Traditional RolesDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Sukuma Tribe - Food and NutritionDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Chagga Tribe - Daily LifeDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Chagga Tribe - Traditional RolesDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Chagga Tribe - Food and NutritionDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Makonde Tribe - Daily LifeDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Makonde Tribe - Traditional RolesDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Makonde Tribe - Food and NutritionDownload

Swahili Course 6 (Advanced Low)

 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1Wildlife Conservation - Conservation vs. PreservationDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 2Wildlife Conservation - Endangered AnimalsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3Wildlife Conservation - Conservation EffortsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4Wildlife Conservation - Conservation EffortsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5Wildlife Conservation - Conservation EffortsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1National Parks - Current ConditionsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2National Parks - Economic Challenges Download
Week 2 Learning Plan 3National Parks - ConsequencesDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4National Parks - KWSDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5National Parks - National Park's AuthorityDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Lake Nakuru National Park - Current ConditionDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Lake Nakuru National Park - GeographyDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Lake Nakuru National Park - Habitat Download
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Lake Nakuru National Park - ClimateDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Lake Nakuru National Park - WildlifeDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Manyara National Park - Current ConditionDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Manyara National Park - GeographyDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Manyara National Park - HabitatDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Manyara National Park - ClimateDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Manyara National Park - WildlifeDownload
 TopicDownload File
Learning Plans 1-20All topicsDownload zip file
Week 1 Learning Plan 1Wildlife Conservation - Conservation vs. PreservationDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 2Wildlife Conservation - Endangered AnimalsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 3Wildlife Conservation - Conservation EffortsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 4Wildlife Conservation - Conservation EffortsDownload
Week 1 Learning Plan 5Wildlife Conservation - Conservation EffortsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 1National Parks - Current ConditionsDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 2National Parks - Economic Challenges Download
Week 2 Learning Plan 3National Parks - ConsequencesDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 4National Parks - KWSDownload
Week 2 Learning Plan 5National Parks - National Park's AuthorityDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 1Lake Nakuru National Park - Current ConditionDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 2Lake Nakuru National Park - GeographyDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 3Lake Nakuru National Park - Habitat Download
Week 3 Learning Plan 4Lake Nakuru National Park - ClimateDownload
Week 3 Learning Plan 5Lake Nakuru National Park - WildlifeDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 1Manyara National Park - Current ConditionDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 2Manyara National Park - GeographyDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 3Manyara National Park - HabitatDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 4Manyara National Park - ClimateDownload
Week 4 Learning Plan 5Manyara National Park - WildlifeDownload

Swahili – English Instructional Videos

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