Utah Nahuatl Language and Culture Program

2020 COVID-19 UPDATE:

In consideration of the health and wellbeing of our students and in consultation with University and other travel restrictions CLAS is pleased to announce that we intend to offer this year’s program through a synchronous distance learning method through Canvas and Zoom video conferencing. CLAS will continue to offer the study of Classical and Modern forms of Nahuatl at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels via synchronous distance learning. Instruction will continue to be offered by highly trained native-language speakers with extensive experience teaching Nahuatl classes both in-person and through synchronous distance learning. To facilitate this synchronous distance learning summer intensive program instructors will teach using the Zoom and Canvas platforms. This webpage has been updated with the latest information regarding the 2020 program. If you have any immediate questions that have not been addressed on this page, please email summernahuatl@utah.edu and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

Program information:

NEW DATES: Monday, June 22 - Friday, July 31, 2020

Time: 9am to 5pm MST

Intensive Nahuatl Language Study at the University of Utah - Summer 2020

Course Description: This course offers students the opportunity to work simultaneously with Modern Huastecan and Classical Nahuatl. The Modern Huastecan component employs a combined communicative and cultural approach designed to develop both language proficiency and target culture competence.  In this course, students will develop communicative skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing at a beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. This is accomplished through a communicative approach based on activities related to specific functions, contexts, and grammar/vocabulary relevant to common life situations.

Sessions are highly participatory and interactive, utilizing frequent pair and small group work (using the breakout rooms Zoom function). In addition to the teacher’s input, students are expected to share responsibility for their own learning and that of their classmates through participation, their contributions, and other tasks. The Classical component employs a philological approach designed to prepare students to study older Nahua civilization through the transcription, grammatical analysis, reading and interpretation of texts and manuscripts written by indigenous scribes during the Colonial Period. As students progress in their Nahuatl proficiency, all aspects of the study of these older documents (instruction, class discussions, writing assignments, etc.) will be conducted in Modern Huastecan Nahuatl. Students who wish to enroll at the intermediate or advanced level must demonstrate that they have worked on Modern Nahuatl conversation with a native speaker during the previous academic year. Contact John Sullivan at john.j.sullivan@utah.edu for options concerning the completion of this requirement.

PROGRAM FORMAT/SCHEDULE

The Course will be divided into three sessions:

  1. A 120-minute session of Modern Huastecan Nahuatl taught by native speaking instructors, Monday through Friday
  2. A 120-minute session of Classical Nahuatl taught by John Sullivan, Monday through Friday
  3. 60 minutes of focused individual and group instruction with native speaking instructors.
    1. Individual focused instruction (Monday, Wednesday, Friday): Will provide students with the opportunity to receive individualized instruction based on student need and desires and research interests
    2. Group focused instruction (Tuesday, Thursday): will provide students with the opportunity to review and discuss provided curricular materials as a group so that each student can identify and improve their listening and writing level and increase their conversational language skills.

MT

Mon-Friday

MT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:00-11:00

Beginning Classical

9:00-10:00

Individual Focused Instruction

Group Focused Instruction

Individual Focused Instruction

Group Focused Instruction

Individual Focused Instruction

10:00-11:00

Individual Focused Instruction

Group Focused Instruction

Individual Focused Instruction

Group Focused Instruction

Individual Focused Instruction.

11:00-11:30

BREAK

11:30-13:30

Advanced Classical

11:30-12:30

Individual Focused Instruction

Group Focused Instruction

Individual Focused Instruction

Group Focused Instruction

Individual Focused Instruction

12:30-13:30

Individual Focused Instruction

Group Focused Instruction

Individual Focused Instruction.

Group Focused Instruction

Individual Focused Instruction.

13:30-15:00

LUNCH

MT

Monday-Friday

15:00-17:00

Beginning Modern

Intermediate Modern

Advanced Modern

 

Credit: Students who complete this intensive language course will be awarded 6-8 credits (8 credits for beginner and intermediate and 6 credit for advanced), equivalent to two semesters of intensive coursework.

Program Format/Schedule:

The Course will be divided into three sessions:

  1. A 120-minute session of Modern Huastecan Nahuatl taught by native speaking instructors, Monday through Friday
  2. A 120-minute session of Classical Nahuatl taught by John Sullivan, Monday through Friday
  3. 60 minutes of focused individual and group instruction with native speaking instructors.
    1. Individual focused instruction (Monday, Wednesday, Friday): Will provide students with the opportunity to receive individualized instruction based on student need and desires and research interests
    2. Group focused instruction (Tuesday, Thursday): will provide students with the opportunity to review and discuss provided curricular materials as a group so that each student can identify and improve their listening and writing level and increase their conversational language skills.

Course Objectives:

The course seeks to: 1) develop students’ oral comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and knowledge of language structure, as well as their cultural wisdom and sensibility, in order to facilitate their ability to communicate effectively, correctly and creatively in everyday situations; 2) provide students with instruments and experiences that demonstrate the continuity between past and present Nahua culture, through the study of colonial and modern texts and conversation with native speakers 3) penetrate into the historical, economic, political, social and cultural aspects of Nahua civilization; and 4) prepare students to take university level humanities courses taught in Nahuatl alongside native speakers.

Credit: Students who complete this intensive language course will be awarded 6-8 credits (8 credits for beginner and intermediate and 6 credit for advanced), equivalent to two semesters of intensive coursework.

Tuition is $5,000. The program is FLAS eligible and some partial tuition assistance may be available (see the Financial Assistance tab on the right).

Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship (FLAS) applicants: CLAS is pleased to announce that the program’s new remote synchronous learning format was reviewed and approved by the Department of Education as a Summer FLAS eligible program. For FLAS specific questions please contact Patrick Cheney.

For more informationIf you have questions about applications, the curriculum, financial please contact us at summernahuatl@utah.edu

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Last Updated: 4/8/20