Supporting the speaking development of students in a Swahili-as-a-foreign-language (SFL) classroom

  • William Kesse Bimpong Ohio University
Keywords: Swahili, Swahili as a foreign language, speaking, speaking development


Till date, the development of students’ language skills in a Swahili-as-a-foreign-language (SFL) context has not been thoroughly investigated. Rather, a majority of work has focused on grammar. This paper examines the activities that are used in an elementary SFL classroom at an American University to support the speaking development of students. Observation and in-depth interviews reveal that there are four main speaking activities used to support students’ speaking development. The findings highlight the importance of purposefully selecting speaking activities to support the speaking development of students in a SFL classroom.

Author Biography

William Kesse Bimpong, Ohio University

William K. Bimpong is a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the Patton College of Education, Ohio University. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. His research interests include teacher cognition and teaching speaking skills in Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL) classrooms.


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print ISSN: 2026-6596