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Masangu Matondo

Masangu Matondo

Lecturer in Swahili


Dr. Masangu Matondo received his B.A with education (first class honors) from the University of Dar-es-salaam in Tanzania (1997), and both M.A and Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2000 and 2003 respectively.


He is an award-winning language pedagogist who has taught Swahili and Linguistics to both undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA and the University of Florida for many years. He is interested in both descriptive as well as theoretical linguistics with particular interest in Phonology and Morphology of Bantu languages. He is also interested in historical linguistics, comparative Bantu studies and the interaction of language and society in Africa. He is active in developing new teaching materials and techniques aimed at improving the teaching and learning of Swahili language at all levels. He has published several papers in both Linguistics and language pedagogy; and with several colleagues, has just launched a major project that is aimed at publishing children science books written in Swahili. He is also completing a comprehensive descriptive grammar and a dictionary for his mother language – Sukuma.