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Swahili language training

Swahili classes are held at the Centre in association with the Cambridge University Language Centre.

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Swahili is the most widely spoken language in sub-Saharan Africa. It is the official language of Tanzania, recognised as a national language in Kenya and also used in other parts of East, Central and Southern Africa.

The University of Cambridge Language Centre and the Centre of African Studies launched CULP Swahili in October 2013. For more information, please visit the CULP Swahili homepage.

Teaching staff

Yussuf Hamad


Yussuf was born and grew up in Zanzibar. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with Education in English and Swahili from the State University of Zanzibar and an MA in African Studies from SOAS, University of London. He is a native Swahili speaker with teaching experience in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education environments. He worked as a teaching assistant at the State University of Zanzibar between 2006 and 2010 and during 2007/8 he taught Swahili at Stanford University on a Fulbright programme. Yussuf is currently Senior Lector in Swahili at University of London, SOAS - a post he has held since September 2010. He joined the University of Cambridge Language Centre as a Swahili Teacher in February 2014.

Contact the Language Centre

Telephone: 01223 767122

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