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Quechua 501 and 503 to be offered in spring quarter 2011

The Andean region is known for its rich cultural and linguistic diversity. Quechua is spoken by approximately 10 million people in the highlands of South America from Colombia to Argentina. This course will be of special interest for students who want to learn about Quechua language, culture, and society in the Andes.

Quechua 501: Beginning Quechua I

Quechua 1 is a beginning language course intended for students with no previous study experience in Quechua.  Although a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL) in the U.S., Quechua language was spoken by the ancient Incas and is spoken today by more than 10 million people in the highlands of South America, from southern Colombia, to northern Chile and Argentina. It was declared an official language in Peru in 1975 and is widely recognized as such in Bolivia and Ecuador. This course will be comprehensive, integrating culture and language. It will be useful for students that want to travel to the Andean countries or who have an interest in studying Quechua language, culture and society. The variety taught will be from the southern Quechua family spoken in Peru. However, according to the interest of students, other varieties will readily be incorporated.

Learning Objectives

The course will promote the development of the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, providing a good practical command of oral and written skills appropriate for everyday situations, and an understanding of the culture and role of the Quechua-speaking populations in Andean society. A large part of this class will be dedicated to communication practice in Quechua, based on handouts and audio-visual material.

Course Objectives:

  • develop a vocabulary base to begin building language skills
  • develop knowledge of grammar structures
  • listen to simple passages or conversations and answer questions about the content
  • read simple authentic texts and answer questions about the content
  • write paragraphs using acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures
  • engage in and sustain face-to-face conversation with others about topics studied
  • use the Internet to acquire information about the Quechua-speaking world
  • demonstrate an understanding of selected elements of Quechua culture

Enrollment Information

Quechua 501
Lecture No: 28684 TR 1:30 - 3:18
Recitation: F 11:30 - 12:18
Instructor: Morató-pena.1

Quechua 503
Lecture No: 28685 MW 3:30 – 5:18
Recitation: R 3:30 - 4:18
Instructor: Morató-pena.1

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