This course is intended for students with little or no knowledge of Kinyarwanda. The course begins with basic lessons such as greetings and finishes up with lessons of comprehensive self-expression in everyday life e.g. at grocery stores, at bank, at post office, making telephone calls etc.
The main objective of the course is to develop the Kinyarwanda language abilities and skills of students in a linguistic, academic and social context to prepare them for life as a student in Rwanda. Students are initially given orientation to help them adapt to the life in Rwanda, lessons and exercises are designed to help students navigate real-life situations. Students are given intensive training in grammar, vocabulary and phrases through classroom lectures, exercises and activities. The course prepares students to
- Be able to read, understand and reproduce texts.
- Be able to listen and understand lectures and make notes.
- Be able to speak about a particular topic.
- Be able to produce well-written texts in a particular area of study.
- Be able to use internet, books, journals and articles to gain more information about the topic of study.
Teaching methods are based on the Community Based Contact model (also referred to as the Experimental Learning Model). The focus is placed on learning Kinyarwanda through practice and experience. Lessons are divided into four parts: communication, grammar, practice and cultural context. Levels of proficiency are treated as a continuum rather than as distinct stages. Students are evaluated at the start of the program, placed into the appropriate lesson and advance as their proficiency improves. Each lesson is complimented with out-of-class experiences such as going to the market, bank, cafés, using public transportation, etc