Sanibona I

Teacher’s guide- A beginner’s course in Zulu


Sanibona 1 is the first part in a two part beginner’s classroom course in Zulu as a second language. The course has a communicative approach and is aimed at primary school learners although adults would also enjoy the course.

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Sanibona I


The main emphasis of the course is on the spoken language. Functions, notions, topics, situations and structures which will be of use and interest to the learner make up the course material. The Sanibona 1 course has been approved by the Natal Education Department.

The material is carefully graded. Dialogues, structure drills and communications tasks are aimed at building up the learner’s confidence in using Zulu, making active and creative use of his/her acquired knowledge of Zulu and encouraging him/her to enjoy learning Zulu.

The full course consists of: A Pupil’s Book, a Teacher’s guide, 60 minute audio CD of dialogues, songs, rhythms and chants and Felt board pictures

Key Information

The Teacher's Guide covers the following areas:

1. An outline fo the structures, topics, functions and notions covered in each chapter

2. Notes on how to present the conversations

3. Notes on how to go about lesson expansion and suggestions as how to make full use of the feltboard

4. Tests.

5. Some suggestions about further communicative exercises and activities of interest to students

6. A few notes on cultural background

7. Translation of the songs, rhymes and charts.

8. Background notes on the songs, rhymes and charts.

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About the Creators

The Authors

Beverley Muller is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu Natal (BA. Hon, M.A, B. Soc Science, U.E.D) and the University of Paul Valery in Montpellier, France (Diploma in the teaching of French as a foreign language). She has taught languages in KwaZulu Natal schools and lectured in Zulu full time at the University of KwaZulu Natal (Durban).  She is the co-author of the Sanibona, Khuluma and Ninjani Zulu courses.

Bongani Mthethwa was a graduate of the University of Natal (B.Mus. and was a lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Natal (Durban). He studied ethnomusicology at Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland and was a specialist in Zulu music.


Muziwokuthula Zondi studied at the Teacher’s Training College, Eshowe.

Author Bev Muller

The authors would like to thank the following people for contributing to Sanibona I

Mr E. Zondi - University of Natal (Zulu Dept.) for assistance with the cultural notes

Jeff Thomas - University of Natal, for information on Ingoma dancing in the cultural notes

Richard Salmon - University of Natal (Music Dept.) for doing notation on the songs

Langalakhe Nkosi - Esikawini College of Education, for leading singers from the college in the singing of the songs in the Sanibona II tape.

Sanibona I

Teacher’s guide- A beginner’s course in Zulu

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