I am a TEFL certified tutor with about 9 years experience of teaching both English and Swahili to individuals of all language levels. I am a native Swahili speaker from Tanzania with strong links to and knowledge of Kenya as well. As I love learning new languages, I have higher-basic level knowledge of French and Korean and I also know some very basic Japanese. Besides teaching, I am a freelance translator & interpreter and I have worked with agencies, law firms, individuals etc in that capacity.
I have been teaching part time since 2004 but made it a full time job in 2009 after graduating from university. So far I have taught mainly adults and I have experience of teaching at any level. My roster of current and former students is quite widespread and includes countries like the UK, France, Libya, Tanzania, S.Korea, Greece, Turkey, USA, Saudi Arabia etc. Besides teaching individual students, I've taught Swahili in companies hiring foreigners eg. Estim Construction, MMI Steel etc. Furthermore, I've also been running a free Swahili teaching blog since 2013. (funlughaswahili.com)
As for my teaching style, I usually talk to the students to get a feel of their level of knowledge and also to just figure out their personalities so as to know how to create and deliver my lessons. Materials I use include flash cards (which are one of the best ways to learn and remember new things), short stories and pictures which make lessons fun but very easy to remember at the same time. For Swahili lessons, I create free to download mp3 audio recordings for my students' supplementary purposes as well as pronunciation practice. This I usually alternate with regular homework as well as tests and pop quizzes to ensure the student is keeping up.