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Language Instructors

Coordinator

Alwiya OmarAlwiya Omar is a Clinical Professor of Linguistics at Indiana University. She directs the Kiswahili flagship program, teaches Kiswahili, and co-ordinates the teaching of other African languages in the Department of Linguistics and the African Studies program. Her research interests include second language acquisition, cross-cultural pragmatics, web-based language instruction, and study abroad language programs. Dr. Omar is from Zanzibar, Tanzania. (aomar [AT] indiana.edu)

Lecturers

David Adu-AmankwahDavid Adu-Amankwah teaches Twi/Akan. He holds a M. Phil. degree (in linguistics, with Russian) from the University of Ghana and a Ph.D. degree (in folklore, with African languages and linguistics) from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is currently a lecturer of Akan (Twi). David taught at Indiana University from 1994 to 2000 and also from 2003 to 2004 at the University of Florida, Gainesville. David's major interests have been in folklore, language, and culture, and he has worked on the proverb, royal praise poetry, and joke among the Akan of Ghana. (daduaman [AT] indiana.edu)

Betty DlaminiBetty Dlamini is a singer, actress and playwright, poet and fiction writer who teaches IsiZulu at Indiana University. She obtained her degrees from the University of London (SOAS), Sussex University (Brighton), University of South (Pretoria-SA) and University of Swaziland. She has done translation and editing work for companies that include Macmillan Publishers (BOLESWA), Reach-Out Publishers (SA), Shuter and Shooter (SA) and Rise Films in collaboration with BBC Channel 4 (London). Her awards include the Sino-Swazi Award (1995), Second Best short story writer for the English Association of South Africa (1997), Dean of Education's Award - UNISWA (1998), The German Award for Young Researchers from BOLESWA countries (2000), The Association of Commonwealth Universities Award (2003) and Macmillan Publisher's Grand prize for the Best SiSwati novel, umsamaliya lolungile (2008). As a scholar, Dr. Dlamini has presented a number of papers at conferences.(bsdlamin [AT] indiana.edu)

Amadou Beidi SowAmadou Beidy Sow is a Bamana instructor from Ségou, Mali. Dr. Sow obtained a Master’s degree in Second Language Teaching from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Bamako. After coming to the United States, he earned a Master’s degree in International Studies at Ohio University followed by a Ph.D. in Education (Cultural Studies in Education) with a focus on political leadership. He has published Political Leadership in the Hand of Teachers: The Type of Leadership Teacher Politicians Display on the Political Scene in Mali, VDM Verlag (2010). Dr. Sow has presented at numerous conferences. He has experience teaching Bamanankan, French, English, and Social Studies.

Deogratias K. Tungaraza Deogratias K. Tungaraza is a Kiswahili lecturer. He graduated from the University of East Africa – The University College in Dar-es-Salaam, and later obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Library Science from the University of Wales in Aberystywyth, UK; and a Certificate in Book Publishing and Printing at the Otava Book Publishing Company, Helsinki, Finland. He has held various posts at the University of Dar-es-Salaam and was Founder Director of the Dar-es-Salaam University Press. Prior to coming to Indiana University, he taught Kiswahili at The Ohio State University and at Louisiana State University.

Associate Instructors

Nana AmoahNana Abena Dansowaa Amoah is a PhD Student at the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) and minoring at African Studies. She holds bachelors in Music (BMus) and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Ethnomusicology from the University of Ghana, Legon. Nana taught African Music, culture and history at the University of Ghana from 2007 to 2010. At IU, Nana is an Associated Instructor (AI) for A150 Survey Culture of Black Americans since Fall 2011 to date and a Part time Instructor for Akan (Twi) since Fall 2013. She has also traveled and chaperoned Students study abroad to Ghana with IU Office of the VP for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs during the summer of 2013 and also been the associate instructor (AI) for the Groups Theater Program for 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively. Nana’s major interests are based on Cross Cultural Studies: Africa American and African Diaspora Literature, Representation of Women in Popular Music, black religious and secular music, Black women musicians and diet/keeping in shape. Nana has publish a number of book reviews, presented at conferences and run a number of workshops including “Ghanaian Drumming and Dance Summer Workshop” organized by the program of African Studies here at IU. (namoa [AT] umail.iu.edu)

Fabienne DioufFabienne Diouf is the Wolof instructor. She is from Senegal and is a Ph.D. student in the Linguistics Department at Indiana University. Fabienne received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Linguistics from the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar in Senegal. (fdiouf [AT] indiana.edu)

Hannah EssienHannah Essien is the Twi instructor. She is a Ghanaian and a graduate student in Arabic Language and Linguistics. She obtained her Master's Degree in International Relations and her B.A. Degree in Arabic Language and Political Science with First Class honors from the University of Ghana. She also holds an External Diploma in Translation (English, French, and Arabic). She taught English at the Ghana Institute of Languages, and Arabic at the University of Ghana. She was also a Senior Research Assistant at the Arabic Department of the University of Ghana. She speaks English, French, Arabic, Persian, Twi, Nzema, Ga, and Fante. (hessien [AT] indiana.edu)

Mpolokeng LesetlaMpolokeng Lesetla is an isiZulu instructor. Ms. Lesetla comes from the Eastern Cape of South Africa and speaks isiXhosa and Sesotho in addition to isiZulu. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in IsiZulu from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2011); a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Social Development (2003); and a Bachelor of Social Studies from the University of Natal-Durban (2002). She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in African Studies focusing on language planning issues in South Africa. 

Margaret Mwingira Margaret Mwingira is an instructor of Kiswahili. She taught in Tanzanian high schools for five years after graduating from the University of Dar-Es-Salaam with a Bachelor of Arts with Education (B Ed Honors) in 2001.  She attended Stellenbosch University in South Africa from 2007-2010, completing first a Bachelor of Honors in Special Education, and then a Master in Specialized Education (M Ed). She is now working toward a master’s degree in African Studies.

Beatrice OkeloBeatrice Ng’uono Okelo is a Kiswahili instructor. Beatrice graduated with a Master’s degree in African Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor’s Education degree in Music and Kiswahili from Kenyatta University in Nairobi. She taught Kiswahili and music in Kenya for a number of years before moving to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for Swahili. In addition to teaching Swahili and a course on African languages and literatures, she taught Kiswahili to 6-10 year old children at a Startalk Program at the Belanno language school in Neenah, WI. She is also a Defense Language Proficiency Test (5th generation) external reviewer for the Defense Language Institute and a Kiswahili test developer and reviewer for other American organizations. From 2008-2010, Ms. Okelo was a storyteller with African Storytelling on Wheels. She has published in the Journal of the African Languages and Teachers Association (JALTA). (bokelo [AT] indiana.edu)