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Language Instructors


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]


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]

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]

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

Victor Temitope Alabi is a Fulbright Foreign Teaching Assistant for Yoruba. He received a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Ilorin,  Nigeria, in 2010 and obtained his master’s degree in 2014 at the University of Ibadan,  Nigeria. He has published academic papers as well as poems in national and international outlets. He has also served as rapporteur at a Sensitization Workshop on scholarly publications held at the University of Ibadan in October 2012 in collaboration with the Mac Arthur Fund Staff Training & Research Capacity Building Programme Committee.

Taiwo Oluwaseun Ehineni is a Yoruba instructor and a graduate student in Linguistics. He holds a Master’s degree in English linguistics from the University of Ibadan and a Bachelor’s degree from Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria. He was a Yoruba Fulbright FLTA at Indiana University in 2013-14, where he also volunteered as an instructor in the award-winning IU Bridges: Children, Language, World program at Fairview Elementary School, Bloomington. He has received several awards including a US Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Award (2013); Nigeria National Youth Service Corps Commendation Award (2011); Best Graduating Student, English and Literary Studies Department, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria (2009/10); and Ondo State Merit Scholarship Award (2010, 2008). He has presented papers at numerous conferences, including the African Language Teachers Association (ALTA) conference in Chicago and the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) conference in Washington DC. He has published in the International Journal of Linguistics, among others.

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 P. MwingiraMargaret P. Mwingira is a graduate of the Department of African Studies, Indiana University-Bloomington and holds degrees of Master of Arts (African Studies) from IU-Bloomington; Master of Education (Educational Support) and Bachelor of Education (Honors) from Stellenbosch University in Western Cape, South Africa; and a Bachelor of Education (Honors) degree from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A teacher by profession, she is also an instructor for people with disabilities in Therapeutic Recreation, and she facilitates in Adventure and Environmental education to elementary school students and Sportsí teams. She has instructed in the STARTALK - Kiswahili programs for four years as well as Language and Culture Programs for the Kelley School of Business, IUB Campus and facilitated the BALFOUR program for the School of Education, IUB. Margaret is currently an instructor of Kiswahili language and research consultant for African languages at the Indiana University-Bloomington Campus. 

Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

Usman Ahmad is a Fulbright Foreign Teaching Assistant, working on the development of Hausa language materials. He is from Funtua local government area of Katsina state, Nigeria. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Umaru Musa Yar'adua University, Katsina, in 2011. He then taught language skills in his home town before joining the National Youth Service Corps and teaching English at the Government Secondary School in Karshi, F.C.T. He earned a postgraduate diploma in education at the National Teachers Institute of Nigeria during his service. He also taught English language at FLIA secondary school before being granted the US Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Award. He is registered with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria and is a member of the Nigeria English Studies Association.

Richard Mathias Nyamahanga is a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for Swahili.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Dar es Salaam where he majored in English and Swahili.  He also received a Diploma in Education from Morogoro Teachers' college in 2009 with majors in History and English. He taught English for four years at Oyster Bay Secondary School in Dar es Saalam, Tanzania.