This facility was started on 14th January 2010. It came about as inspiration from the Institute of the Consolata Missionaries to facilitate easy learning of languages in the East and Central Regions of Africa.
This idea was conceived in a continental meeting of the major superiors of the Consolata missionaries in 2005 upon visualizing a prophetic need of a language learning Centre in a suitable African Country. This insight gained maturity in 2006 with the canonical visit of the General Superiors, who expressed their intention and desire to concretize and attach it to the already existing Consolata Institute of Philosophy (CIP).
This expeditious mission was entrusted to Fr. Guisseppe Bertaina, Fr. Stephen Okello and Fr. James Lengarin, Consolata Missionaries, who in consultation with the Kenya-Uganda Region, zealously and devotedly brought the project to completion in August 2009, when they officially handed over the physical structures to the Regional administration. A well finished and furnished modern Consolata Language Centre (CLC), which we treasure today.
It comprises of a fully equipped Amphitheatre with multimedia, internet and video conferencing facilities, which comfortably accommodates 300-seated persons. Classrooms with pedagogical capacity of 14 students per session, a digital and multimedia language library, a language laboratory fully equipped for training students for simultaneous translation with phonetics, pronunciation and comprehension exercises. In addition we also have a computer booth with 13 computers fully networked 24hours for practicing and accessing licensed programs for learning languages on internet. We have a staff room for our teachers. Other important facilities put in place are the School Director’s, and Administrator’s offices plus an up to date secretary/reception office equipped for both national and international demands of communication and transactions in the contemporary world.
Today we gladly affirm that, the language Centre was setup to cater for students from all works of life, from the continent and beyond, who need to learn and/or deepen their language and cultural worldview.
It is open to other cultures (English, Swahili, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Latin, Persian Chinese, Arabic, etc.) for various purposes, such as work, travel, leisure, etc.
With that at the forefront, the Centre aims to develop both receptive and productive skills in its students, so that they can communicate in real life situations.
Besides the teaching of languages, the ideology that enshrines CLC right from its inception is also to help in the introduction and initiation of interested parties, into the Eastern African and particularly Kenyan cultures, through audio-visual presentations, such as music, documentaries and other pertinent issues in the African continent i.e. its History, Politics and Economy among others. This is guaranteed by the proximity and healthy institutional rapport that CLC enjoys, with cultural and touristic centers such as Bomas of Kenya, the National Museum and National parks within and around East Africa.
CLC is also set to become a Centre for training language teachers from and around Nairobi, thus reinforce the learning of new methods and technologies in teaching modern languages and production of didactic materials for this purpose.
Computer packages and Basic training in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are yet other areas explored at the CLC, as a way of equipping our beneficiaries in view of a globally advancing world in the art of language and communication.
The values that permeate the daily professional and human relationships of CLC, have their roots in Christian and humanistic philosophy and teachings of the pedagogy of Fr. Joseph Allamano, the founding father of Institute of the Consolata Missionaries. Among many others, the Consolata Language Centre lays emphasis on the following:
Efficiency Dialogue Respect Excellence Transparency Diversity Team Work Tolerance Prayer Competency Accountability Integrity
Research Professional & Human Growth
CONSOLATA LANGUAGE CENTRE – CLC
A facility that was thought and put up by the Institute of the Consolata Missionaries, as a solution to learning languages in the East and Central Regions of Africa. It opened its doors on the 14th of January 2010.
The Languages we teach are: English, Kiswahili, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. Our short term plans are to introduce Mandarin and sign language.
The Other services we offer, that may be of academic interest are: Literacy and numeracy classes, tuition in preparation for external examinations like, IELTS, TOEFL, PITMAN, GRE, SAT, GMAT, The DELF-DALF certification, Translations, Interpretation, Proof reading, Bridging courses for local and international students, Cultural orientation, Computer package, ICT Bassic training, Multi-Media Library facilities, Internet booths for research (purposes), and Hiring service of an Amphi-Theatre (Hall) with sitting capacity of 300 persons.
For Our Students, the Consolata Language Centre offers up to date and well furnished Hostel services, within a proximity of 100 Metres from the school campus and at very reasonable student costs.
CLC aims at a high standard, quality language teaching and optimum learning environment. Thus, has a well furnished state of art facilities that help achieve its aims and objectives, using the latest interactive methods backed by advanced technology that facilitate audio and visual computerized Laboratory experiences.
~Raising standards in Language and Teaching~
INSPIRATION AND INTUITION…!
The Institute of the Consolata Missionaries, inspired by the experience of Pentecost (Acts of the Apostles 2, 1- 13), profound and enriching missionary experience of many of its missionaries from all walks of life and different countries and with a great desire of contributing to the ever growing challenge of qualitative teaching and learning foreign languages in Kenya, and Africa as a whole begun to nurse the idea of constructing and establishing a language Centre, dedicated to Our Lady of Consolata.
The principal objective of setting up the Language Centre is to facilitate language learning and cultural immersion for missionaries and other people, regardless of religious, cultural, ideological or political affiliations coming to Kenya and going to foreign lands for diverse purposes, the core one being the evangelization and proclamation of the GOOD NEWS of freedom of the sons and daughters of God in truth and justice.
After long years of deliberation and hard work the construction of the Centre kicked off in 2008 and after the completion of the building the CONSOLATA LANGUAGE CENTRE opened its doors to the first group of students on the 14th of January 2010.
Welcome to Consolata Language Centre