FLAS for Summer Nahuatl in Zacatecas
John Sullivan, Ph.D.
idiez at mac.com
Sat Jan 16 18:04:08 UTC 2010
Piyali tlamachtianih huan momachtianih,
I would like to announce that beginning this year, FLAS funding for our Nahuatl summer intensive course is available to US citizen undergraduates as well as graduate students. You may apply directly through your home institution or to Jean Silk (jean.silk at yale.edu) when you apply for admission to the summer program.
I have included the announcement for the summer program below. Please donʻt hesitate to contact me with questions regarding the course.
John Sullivan, Ph.D.
Professor of Nahua language and culture
Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas
Zacatecas Institute of Teaching and Research in Ethnology
Tacuba 152, int. 43
Zacatecas, Zac. 98000
Work: +52 (492) 925-3415
Fax: +1 (858) 724-3030 (U.S.A.)
Home: +52 (492) 768-6048
Mobile: +52 1 (492) 103-0195
idiez at me.com
Intensive Nahuatl Language and Culture
Yale’s Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies coordinates an intensive summer Nahuatl
course through Yale Summer Sessions as NHTL 125. The course offers the opportunity to
study at beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels of Classical and Modern Nahuatl at the
Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas. Six weeks of class will be held
in Zacatecas from June 21 to July 30, 2010 with an optional week in the village of Tepecxitla,
Veracruz, from August 1 to August 6.
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, conversation with native speakers, and an optional residency in a Nahua
community; 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.
Beginning students will have class five hours per day, Monday through Friday: two hours of
Modern Nahuatl immersion and introductory grammar with native speaking instructors; two
hours of Classical Nahuatl taught by John Sullivan; and an additional hour of individual work on
a research project of the student’s choice with a native speaking tutor. Intermediate students
will study specific topics drawn from Older and Modern sources, using Nahuatl as the sole
language of class discussion, and continue to work with individual tutors. Advanced students
will design and implement a research project in collaboration with the native speaking tutors,
and will write a short paper in Modern Nahuatl.
Six week course in Zacatecas beginning Monday June
21 and ending Friday July 30. Full class attendance
is required. Students who are absent for reasons
other than illness will be asked to withdraw from
Students may elect to spend an optional seventh
week in the village of Tepecxitla, Veracruz, from
August 1 through Friday, August 6. They will reside
with an indigenous family and participate in the
Tlatlacualtiah ceremony. A decision regarding the
viability of this homestay option will be made two
months prior to the beginning of the program after
the pertinent regional security issues have been
evaluated. This visit, however, will not be under
CLAIS auspices, and those students who wish to
participate must cover the additional costs (see
Tentative course costs:
1. Tuition for three credits, $4,000
2. Room for six weeks housing at the Hostal Villa Colonial in Zacatecas (one or two
adults per room): a) studio with private bath and kitchenette, $660 (there are
few of these available); b) studio with private bath and shared kitchen, $578; c)
studio with shared bath and kitchen, $495.
3. Food for six weeks in Zacatecas: between $400 (preparing your own food) and
$600 (eating out).
Tuition is payable to Yale; all other costs including travel between the United
States and Mexico are paid by the student directly to the provider.
4. (Optional) Students who travel to the village of Tepecxitla at the end of the
course will pay $600 for transportation, room and board, and financing of the
Course materials: All students must have personal copies of the following texts:
Karttunen, Francis. 1983. An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl. Texas
Linguistics Series. Austin: University of Texas Press. $26.95 @ amazon.
Lockhart, James. 2001. Nahuatl as Written. Lessons in Older Written
Nahuatl, with Copious Examples and Texts. Stanford: Stanford
University Press. $25.43 @ amazon.com
Molina, Alonso de. 1977(1555-1571). Vocabulario en lengua castellana
y mexicana y mexicana y castellana. Colección “Biblioteca Porrúa” 44.
México: Porrúa. Students may purchase this book directly from Editoria
Porrúa or through IDIEZ at a cost of approximately $25.
Two weeks before class begins students will be sent, free of charge, electronic copies of the
exercise manuals, grammar charts, vocabulary lists and manuscripts which will be studied.
Funding availability: CLAIS and its partners make every effort to ensure that financial
constraints are not an obstacle for participating in the Summer Nahuatl Language program.
Financial aid is available to undergraduate and graduate students in the form of FLAS fellowships through your own institution or CLAIS at Yale. Deadline for CLAIS FLAS applications is February 26, 2010.
For more information, contact Jean Silk at jean.silk at yale.edu or by phone at 203/432-3420
or John Sullivan at idiez at me.com or by phone at +52 (492) 925-3415.
To Register for the course, please contact Jean Silk, Assistant Chair, Council on Latin American
and Iberian Studies, (jean.silk at yale.edu / 203/432-3420).
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