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LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING
The Institute of African Languages and Cultures (IALC) offers courses (both on campus and Online) in the following languages:
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Meanwhile, here is the syllabus for one of our Akan courses.
AK100: Akan Language for Business and Tourist Communication
This course equips the learner with the basic linguistic and cultural skills required to communicate effectively with business partners, friends, and acquaintances in the Akan language. It is basically a functional language class.
Learners signing up for this class must, at least, be interested in Akan language and culture.
Business is currently booming in West Africa, with a concentration on Ghana, along the shores of which large deposits of commercial oil were recently discovered. Akan is the most widely spoken language in Ghana (with more than fifty percent of the total population as speakers). It is important, therefore, that business personnel and tourists learn the Akan language to enhance communication and profitable business in the sub-region.
This course introduces learners to the spoken language and cultural practices of the Akan people of West Africa. Attention will be focused on culture and communicative skills in the language, though reading will also constitute an integral part of the lessons. The class is primarily designed to assist all learners to make as much progress as possible in the use of the language. Video clips will be shown from time to time, and conversation hours (for practice) will be arranged.
At the end of the course, learners will know the appropriate norms of conversation in Akan (especially regarding business and tourism), and they should be able to engage native speakers in basic conversation involving activities such as greeting, self-introduction, invitation, etc.
AK100: Akan Language for Business and Tourist Communication meets three major goals—speaking, listening, and culture goals.
At the end of the course, learners are expected to reach the Intermediate Low level of the ACTFL (i.e., Level 1 of the ILR scale).
Speakers at the Intermediate-Low sublevel are able to handle successfully a limited number of uncomplicated communicative tasks by creating with the language in straightforward social situations. Conversation is restricted to some of the concrete exchanges and predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture. These topics relate to basic personal information covering, for example, self and family, some daily activities and personal preferences, as well as to some immediate needs, such as ordering food and making simple purchases. At the Intermediate-Low sublevel, speakers are primarily reactive and struggle to answer direct questions or requests for information, but they are also able to ask a few appropriate questions...
Intermediate-Low speakers express personal meaning by combining and recombining into short statements what they know and what they hear from their interlocutors. Their utterances are often filled with hesitancy and inaccuracies as they search for appropriate linguistic forms and vocabulary while attempting to give form to the message. Their speech is characterized by frequent pauses, ineffective reformulations and self-corrections. Their pronunciation, vocabulary and syntax are strongly influenced by their first language but, in spite of frequent misunderstandings that require repetition or rephrasing, Intermediate-Low speakers can generally be understood by sympathetic interlocutors, particularly by those accustomed to dealing with non-natives.
[ACTFL. (2012, p.13). Oral Proficiency Interview Familiarization Manual. White Plains, NY. ACTFL, Inc.]
The following texts are only recommended for the course.
Akan (Asante-Twi) will soon be available (a) on campus and (b) Online.
To register for Option (b), the learner must
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