John B. Linsley '04, of Topsfield, Massachusetts, will present research at the
8th Annual African Language Teachers Association Conference to be held April 29
through May 1 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Linsley completed an independent study project in Kiswahili in the fall with
Visiting International Lecturer Mahiri Mwita, in modern languages and literatures.
present his paper, "Kiswahili: Global Prospects and the Impact of its Application
as an Area of Academic Study in American Universities and Study Abroad Programs,"
at the conference. "As an American student who has studied Kiswahili in a small,
liberal-arts college program, as well as participating in a study-abroad program
that offers Kiswahili as one of its core subjects, I discuss in the paper some of
the areas that I think programs in Africa offering Kiswahili as an academic focus
need to consider as crucial to American students," Linsley says. "The benefits of
increased study-abroad opportunities will be complemented by the professional
research currently being done by Kiswahili research institutes in both Kenya and
Tanzania. An upsurge in media sources broadcasting in Kiswahili via radio and the
Internet will improve the language's image as a medium of communication that can
meet the needs of a modern world. The combination of these growth factors and, most
notably, improved support and implementation of study-abroad programs offering
Kiswahili as a core subject area, will allow the language to flourish in an era
where lesser known languages are often at risk of being overrun."
Linsley is a government major at St. Lawrence, with minors in African studies and
history. He studied in Kenya last year, though the University's International Education
Program, and was awarded a research grant for studying along the Nile River. He is also
active in the Outing Club.
Posted: January 26, 2004