AFRICAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM
The African Language program at MESAAS offers regular classroom instruction in three African languages: Swahili, Pulaar, and Wolof. These languages together cover wide geographical areas in East, West and Southern Africa.
As the most geographically widespread language in Africa, Pulaar is the first language of millions of people in various areas from the westernmost point of the African continent (Senegal) southward to Sierra Leone, and eastward across Mali to Sudan. Pulaar is also used as a very important means of communication (by non-native speakers) in some areas of West Africa, and holds the status of national language in Senegal. Mauritania, Guinea, and Mali. Although the traditional nomadic life has resulted in many varieties of the language (over twenty different dialects), Pulaar is a regional language because all these varieties are mutually intelligible to some degree. Because of the dispersion of the Pulaar people throughout West Africa, Pulaar is a language of survival as well as a key to accessing a wealth of authentic historical, anthropological and religious materials. Pulaar people embraced Islam quite early and, a good deal of great Islamic figures are from the Pulaar ethnic group. The prominent role played by Pulaar people in West African history is reflected through their rich written and oral heritage
- Recognize all contrastive sounds and distinguish question and answer intonation.
- Express basic feelings and needs, as well as ask and answer questions related to these needs and feelings.
- Understand short utterances, and express basic courtesy.
- Correctly spell, read, and interpret written text in areas of practical need covered in the material.
- Begin to develop basic cultural insight.
- Understand, and interpret both written and spoken language in a variety of situations.
- Elaborate on descriptions, and discuss likes and dislikes.
- Comprehend speech on familiar topics, discuss opinions, and cultural differences
- Recognize various types of spoken and written language.
- Expand cultural knowledge.
- Create detailed descriptions using complex sentence structures.
- Narrate events.
- Understand, and interpret complex culturally charged language such as that generally found in tales, or historical narratives.
- Present an analysis of an authentic oral or written text to an audience, respond spontaneously to questions, and formulate and defend a position.
- Further knowledge into the histories, politics, and social settings of the speakers of the language of concern.