Utah Nahuatl Language and Culture Program

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

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah, in partnership with IDIEZ (the Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas, Mexico) is offering the opportunity to study Classical and Modern forms of Nahuatl at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Instruction is offered by highly trained native-language speakers and provides students with a solid foundation in Nahuatl, a Uto-Aztecan language spoken in Mexico, along with meaningful cultural activities. The University of Utah has a rich history of Nahuatl studies that includes the publication of the transcription and English translation of the Florentine Codez by Charles Dibble and Arthur Anderson. The UU Marriott Library’s collection of facsimiles of Meso-American Codices is among the most important in the United States. The course is open to UU students, faculty, community members, and the public at large.

Dates of Course: June 15th to July 31st

Course Description: 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.

Students will have class for at least five hours per day, Monday through Friday: 75 minutesof Modern Nahuatl immersion with native speaking instructors, 75 minutes of Classical Nahuatl taught by John Sullivan, three hours and 45 minutes per week of individual and small group tutoring in order to work on a research project of the student’s choice, and three hours and 45 minutes of cultural activities per week. 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.

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. Room and board are not included. The program is FLAS eligible and some partial tuition assistance may be available (see the Financial Assistance tab on the right).

For more information: If you have questions about applications, the curriculum, financial aid or on-campus housing and meals, please contact us at summernahuatl@utah.edu

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Last Updated: 1/10/20