Thursday, October 27, 2011

University Swahili teacher’s life changed by Fulbright Scholarship

Swahili is one of the less commonly taught languages that the University of Oregon offers to students. The World Language Academy and Selfstudy Language Program are two programs offered by the Yamada Langauge Center that allow students to learn unpopular languages. (Tess Freeman/Oregon Daily Emerald)

After Marko Mwipopo applied to be a Fulbright Scholar in 2004, he thought his time had passed, as his peers from Tanzania had been notified months in advance of their spots in the prestigious exchange program. So he had already set his plans to be a teacher at a local secondary school, had rented an apartment and was on a bus from Dar es Salaam to his hometown of Mafinga, six hours to the southwest, when he got a phone call from the American Embassy....

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