Communicaid can provide you and your organisation with a Shona course to match your needs. Whether you require an intensive Shona course at our London centre or need an in-company Shona course at your offices, Communicaid’s highly personalised courses will ensure you improve your Shona language and communication skills.
Whether your focus is social, business, financial, diplomatic or military, Communicaid is uniquely placed to be your local, national and international language training partner for Shona courses. Communicaid offers you the choice of training centres in London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York, as well as our network of partner organisations worldwide.
Benefits of our Shona language course
A Communicaid Shona language course will provide you with the ability to:
- Speak Shona with confidence
- Interact more confidently when visiting Shona-speaking regions or dealing with Shona
- Build rapport and strengthen relationships with Shona-speaking contacts through a show of
interest in the Shona language and culture
- Demonstrate goodwill and facilitate international communication at both a personal and
Who should attend our Shona school
A Communicaid Shona language training course is suitable for:
- Government and non-governmental agency representatives working in Shona-speaking
regions who need to be able to communicate at all levels
- Anyone doing business in Shona-speaking regions such as Zimbabwe or Mozambique
- Anyone planning to relocate to a Shona-speaking region and wishing to attend a Shona
course in order to prepare in advance for their assignment
Shona course content
The content and format of your Shona training course will depend on your profession, proficiency in Shona and objectives. Whether beginner, survival, intermediate or advanced, key areas covered in all our Shona courses include:
- Oral skills, including fluency, pronunciation and accent
- Listening skills
- Reading skills
- Telephone in Shona
- Email in Shona
- Sector-specific terminology
- Presentation & negotiation skills
Shona language training is available seven days a week, 365 days a year. Training takes place between 08:00 and 20:00 although training is also available outside of these hours upon request.
Suitable tailored and published Shona course materials will be used throughout your course, with recommendations on self-study material and extra reading made at the beginning and throughout the duration of your course.
We offer a variety of training formats for your Shona language course – from intensive, weeklong courses to extensive, modular lessons. Appropriate formats will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy (please click here to read more about our approach).
Shona course trainer
All Communicaid Shona trainers are native speakers with at least 3 years’ professional Shona training experience. In addition to relevant academic and linguistic qualifications and experience, many of our Shona trainers also possess considerable exposure and expertise in the professional world.
Your Shona trainer will be assigned to you following the results of your diagnostic consultancy according to your objectives and areas of focus. Detailed below is a sample profile of a member of our Shona training team.
Of Zimbabwean nationality, IS possesses over 10 years’ experience of delivering Shona courses, working with all levels of learners. He has worked both in Zimbabwe and the UK as a Shona language trainer, a college lecturer and Shona language examiner. Before moving to the UK, IS was the Department Head of a Zimbabwean secondary school.
IS also previously volunteered in Zimbabwe, working with missionaries and their families to become conversant in the Shona language.
ChiShona – Facts about the Shona language
Shona is the official language of Zimbabwe. It is estimated that approximately 7 million people speak Shona. Outside of Zimbabwe, populations of Shona speakers can be found in Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana.
Shona belongs to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family of languages. There are many Shona dialects. The four major dialects are considered to be: Karanga, Zezuru, Manyika and Korekore. Modern Shona is based on the dialect spoken by the Karanga people of Masvingo Province.
Shona is written using the Latin alphabet. It is also a tonal language which is not represented in its written form.