Languages Less Commonly Taught

Languages Less Commonly Taught

Course Code LANG
Languages Offered Ki-Swahili
Levels Offered 1st Year Full course list *
Minor Available No
Placement Test Required for students with previous knowledge More details
* Not all courses are offered every term, please check Carleton Central and/or the Public Class Schedule for course availability.


When registering, make certain to check the section code closely to ensure that you are registering in the correct language.

Registration Information

Space in language courses is limited.  Register as early as possible.  If the course is full when you attempt to register, please submit a Course Registration Override Request or, if applicable, add your name to a waitlist on Carleton Central.  Click here to learn more about how waitlisting works.

Which languages are offered?

Classes in LANG (Languages less commonly taught) are offered at the first year level: LANG 1010/1020.

* You can find out more about these courses on Carleton Central/Public Class Schedule under the heading “Language Studies.” Please note that course listings are subject to change and not all courses are offered in a given year.  Subject code LANG was previously listed as ALSS.


  • Dates Offered: * for dates and times check the Public Class Schedule under the subject heading “Language Studies.”

About the Language

Ki-Swahili is one of a number of Bantu languages spoken in areas of East and Central Africa.  The language is a national or official language of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo and an official working language of the African Union. While Ki-Swahili is African in origin, it has been influenced over centuries by contact with Arabic, Persian, German, Portuguese, English, and French.  Five to ten million people speak Ki-Swahili as their native language but many more – as many as 100 million – people speak it as a lingua franca. The 2006 Census reports 27,795 Ki-Swahili speakers living in Canada.  Of this group, 2,025 (7%) live in Ottawa. If you have any further questions about the course(s), we invite you to contact the instructor for more information.

About the Instructor

Enea Emmanuel holds a BA (Hons.) in Language Studies and an MA in Linguistics (Translations: English-Swahili/Swahili-English) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; MA in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies from Carleton University in Canada; PGD (Marketing) from the University of Nigeria Nsuka in Nigeria and B.Sc. (Pharmacy) from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. He has taught Swahili as a foreign language to foreign students, the Diplomatic corps, NGOs, UN, UNHCR, UNFPA, and the Medical corps while at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He is a translator/interpreter of English-Swahili and vice versa.

About the Course

IMPORTANT: These previews will give you an idea of the types of assignments, readings, and instructor expectations you may encounter in the course. However, please be aware that these documents are NOT OFFICIAL COURSE OUTLINES. The actual courses you take may differ considerably from the descriptions provided in the previews.