University of Minnesota
African Studies Initiative

African Studies Initiative

Educators' Resources (K-16)

The following resources have been collected from past professional development programs offered through to educators. Included are curriculum ideas, bibliography of readings, lectures, slide presentations, and other activities created and utilized from educational enhancement opportunities.

In addition, below is a list of resources for educators from other African Studies Centers and organizations to support the teaching about Africa.

If you would like more information, please contact ASI.

Curriculum Materials and Resources

Language Courses in African Studies
Arabic, Portugese, Somali and Swahili.

Language Support

One of the priorities of ASI is to support the teaching of less-commonly-taught languages. At the University of Minnesota we currently offer: Arabic, Portugese, Somali and Swahili..

Below are some resources for teaching the Languages of Africa from a local perspective and beyond:


Arabic without Walls
University of California Consortium on Language Learning and Teaching and the National Middle East Language Resource Center.

Arabic without Walls, an innovative distance-learning program that will allow anyone, ranging from high school students to senior citizens, to study Arabic—no matter where they live.

UCLA Language Materials Project

The UCLA Language Materials Project (LMP) is an on-line bibliographic database of teaching and learning materials for over 100 Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). The LMP, which is funded by the US Department of Education International and Foreign Language Education office, was created in 1992. The LMP is a unit of the UCLA Center for World Languages. Both the LMP and the UCLA Center for World Languages are affiliated with the UCLA International Institute.