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Mekane Yesus - Joint Language School

 MY-Joint Language School is situated at Ayer Tena – in the southwestern part of Addis Ababa. It is owned by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, with eight partnering mission organizations on the board running the school.

Students of MY-JLS come from all over the world and from different mission and development agencies. They are involved in various kinds of development and church work throughout the country. In addition, others who want to learn a particular Ethiopian language attend the school.

The Growing Participator Approach

The school uses the Growing Participator Approach, which has been found to be effective, thorough and fun! This approach, developed by Dr. Greg Thomson, is a six phase program that emphasizes the socio-cultural nature of language learning, helping the learners to build relationships with people from the host world. Such a person, a Nurturer, will help the language learner, or the Growing Participator (GP) to grow into their community and into their new world.

At the Joint Language School one can learn the first four phases. The last two phases will be learnt by the individual, using the techniques he/she has learned during the program.

The school is currently offering courses in four languages, the most common ones being Amharic and Oromo.


Regular courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. During the summer the school runs an eight week Summer Course. Language learners can choose between a Normal Track of 4 periods (of 45 minutes) per day or Fast track of 6 periods per day. There is also Normal Plus, of 4 periods plus additional hours according to the individual needs.

The daily schedule is from 8.30 - 12.00 (4 periods) for the Normal track, and an additional two hours in the afternoon for the Fast track.

A Special Track is also offered, primarily for parents with small children. This track has only 2 periods per day, Monday-Friday and the time can be arranged according to student’s needs and the capacity of the school.

Tailor Made courses are offered according to the need of the students. Evening Classes are offered for 3-7 students in 6 or 3 weeks blocks (see school fees).


Ayer Tena, ground floor of Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) building.

Tel. (251) 011 3693469

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