Category Archives: English in Rwanda

Why Rwanda said adieu to French

France has long claimed Rwanda as part of its francophone fold even though there is only one language common to all citizens of the tiny central African nation — the indigenous Kinyarwanda — and only a minority of the population speak passable … Continue reading

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French-speaking Rwanda turns to English

For decades, Rwanda has been one of nearly 30 Francophone countries in Africa where the language of business, power, and civilization has been French. Up until recently, the French-speaking elite here saw their ties to Paris as a link to the … Continue reading

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Rwanda builds with English

By John and Emma Whelan. Since colonial times, the second language in Rwanda has been French but now English is being introduced as another second language alongside French and may, in future, become the main second language. Guardian Weekly, March 16, … Continue reading

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Wind-up radios help English teachers in Rwanda

The British Council’s has piloted an English language development project in Rwanda that helps train teachers of English in rural areas by supplying wind-up radios on which they receive lesson broadcasts. Youtube, May 13, 2011. Watch the video…

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English To Become Official Language In Rwanda

We switch gears now for a story from Rwanda. You’ll probably remember that in the mid-1990s, a horrific conflict between the country’s two main ethnic groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis, resulted in the massacre of hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading

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French is dead, long live English Rwanda!

After 100 years of French as the official language in Rwanda, President Paul Kagamé has led his country to join the British the Commonwealth. Overnight, Rwanda’s official language became English, schoolchildren no longer learn French in public schools, and cricket … Continue reading

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Rwanda opts for English teaching

Officially the Rwandan decision is a result of joining the English-speaking East African Community. But relations between Rwanda and France have been frosty following the 1994 genocide, when France was accused of supporting Hutu militias. Rwanda has applied to join … Continue reading

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