Nahuatl Total Immersion in San Agustin Oapan: Summer 2004

Jonathan Amith jonathan.amith at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 4 03:39:34 UTC 2003


Yale University Intensive Summer Nahuatl Institute, in collaboration
with the University of Chicago, will offer an intensive immersion
course that although based on modern Nahuatl from San Agustín Oapan
will familiarize students with colonial and classical Nahuatl by using
a wide range of texts and workbooks. Given that teaching is focused
not only on developing conversational skills but on imparting an
understanding and overview of the general grammatical structure of
Nahuatl, students will be able to apply their knowledge to their own
thematic interests in any Nahuatl dialect that they might work with
(ancient or modern). An effort is made to address the specific needs
of students in different disciplines (e.g., anthropology, history,
linguistics) and at different levels of expertise. Graduate students,
undergraduates, and independent scholars are invited to apply.
Students will be able to work intensively with native speakers as part
of the basic educational experience of this course and those who have
previously acquired skills in Nahuatl will be given the flexibility
for a greater concentration of their efforts on translation,
individual projects, and direct work with native speakers. Thus
although a beginning course, students with previous experience in
Nahuatl are encouraged to apply. Classes are 3½ hours per day, Monday
through Friday, with the instructor and native speakers. Additional
intensive work or tutorials with native speakers may be arranged upon
request. Students will be provided with recording and playback
facilities for language laboratory work and to conduct their own
research and independent study. The course meets all the requirements
for FLAS fellowships. Limited possibility of FLAS assistance to
graduate students outside of Yale (contact Yale Council on Latin
American and Iberian Studies in the spring).

Course tuition: $3,300 (application deadline is April 1, students who
plan on attending but are unable to meet this deadline should contact

Room and Board: $400-500/month - To ensure housing students must send
Yale Latin American Studies a non-refundable $150 deposit at time of
application. The deposit will be applied towards room and board costs.

Administrative Fee (payable to Yale CLAIS): $150

Travel costs and arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

The Yale course will run for 8 weeks during the months of June and

Space is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Before
submitting an application to Yale Summer Programs, potential students
must contact Beatriz Riefkohl (beatriz.riefkohl at by email to
arrange a phone discussion. She or the instructor
(jonathan.amith at may also be contacted for any further

Jonathan D. Amith
Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology
Gettysburg College
300 N. Washington St.
Campus Box 412
Gettysburg, PA  17325
Tel. 717/338-1255

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