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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41050 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Course Description

This is a basic course in Quechua Language and Society. It is intended for students with no previous study experience in Quechua. It will be useful for students that want to travel to the Andean countries or who have an interest in studying study Quechua language and culture. This is the language that was spoken by the ancient Incas and is still spoken today by more than 10 million people in the highlands of South America, form 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. The variety taught will be from the Southern Quechua family spoken in Peru. However, according to interest of students other varieties can be incorporated. 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, as well as to understand the culture and role of the Quechua-speaking populations in Andean society. A large part of this class will be oral concentration on communicational practice in Quechua based on the handout and other materials.

Grading Policy

Active participation in class including quizzes (25%), homework (25%), short paper 4-5 pages (10%), and two exams (40%).


Course packet


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