Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where are the classes held?

The classes are held in the DC Metropolitan Area.

  • When will the next class be held?

Currently the next class is scheduled to be held  June 18th to August 13th 2016.

  • Who will be teaching the class?
Uchechi Ukaoma, teacher

The class will be taught by Uchechi Ukaoma. She has been teaching with Express Igbo from its inception  and it has been a huge success thus far. We will continue to work with her for the next session. She is fluent in various dialects of Igbo. She has studied Igbo in an educational setting in Nigeria from a young age.

  • How do I join the online option?

In order to enroll in the online option, please indicate your interest in doing the online version of the course in your application. If you are accepted. An email will be sent to you with instructions on how to join the class.

  • How long and when are the classes?

Classes are an hour and a half long and will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays at 11AM; for 8 weeks.

  • What will the summer 2016 session’s focus be about?

This Summer we will be focusing once again on Beginner Igbo. Consider the following syllabus for specific areas of focus:

Tentative course outline

Date Objectives Reading Material Homework
6/18 Introduction to course, brief history of Ibo people. Translations of common names. Chapter One Exercises 1.1 through 1.3
6/22 Introduction to the Alphabet Chapter one (continued) Exercises 1.4 – 1.6
6/25 Igbo Vowels: How vowel sounds are made Chapter 2 Exercises 2.1 – 2.4
6/29 Igbo Vowel Sounds (continued) Chapter 2 (continued) Exercises 2.5-2.7
7/2 Igbo special characters: Types of consonants Chapter 3 Exercises 3.1-3.3
7/6 Igbo special characters: How to make the sounds Chapter 3 (continued) Exercises 3.4-3.6
7/9 Igbo and tones Chapter 4 Exercises 4.1-4.5
7/13 Essential Igbo vocabulary

·        Body parts

·        Position

·        Numbers

Chapter 5 Exercises 5.1-5.4

Review for Midterm

7/16 Midterm
7/20 Essential Igbo vocab (continued)

·        Time

·        Greetings and Tradition

Chapter 5 (continued) Exercises 5.5-5.7
7/23 Forming sentences:

·        Use of Onye

·        Ibu versus Idi

Chapter 6 Exercises 6.1-6.4
7/27 Forming sentences:

·        Adjectives

·        Nke

·        Ije and iga

Chapter 6 (continued) Exercises 6.5-6.7
7/30 Forming sentences:

·        Verb conjugation

·        Types of verbs

·        Na and Ga

Chapter 7 Exercises 7.1-7.4
8/3 Forming sentences:

·        Mana and N’ihi na

·        Ghi and La

Chapter 7 (continued) Exercises 7.5-7.8
8/6 Catch up day
8/10 Review
8/13 Final Exam (cumulative)

*syllabus subject to change

  • How much Igbo do I need to know in order to be considered qualified for the Igbo class?


For the intermediate class, in order to keep up, you should have some foundational Igbo knowledge. Our beginner class covered alphabet, numbers, common nouns, verbs, adjectives and phrases. Many of our intermediate students will be coming in with this type of foundation. If you do not feel that your Igbo is up to this level, we encourage you to wait until the Summer and take the intermediate class. However, if you have a basic knowledge of the Igbo language, feel free to apply at


For the beginner class, you are not expected to have any Igbo background in order to take it. Students who have taken the beginner class in the past have had no Igbo exposure and done well. Even so, this is an extensive course and even those who have at least a basic knowledge of Igbo will benefit greatly from taking this class as we will go into detail about various Igbo language and cultural concepts.

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