Quechua is the linguistic identity of Runa Simi (language of people) and is spoken by 10 million people throughout the Andes. It is the most widely spoken language in the Andes after Spanish. Quechua is not just a language, it is a linguistic family that varies from one region to another, from Argentina to Colombia. Scholars of this language consider Quechua the only language in the world that is neither individualistic nor egocentric in its ideology and philosophy, but encompasses the other, the collective. It is believed that this aspect of Quechua is what has sparked worldwide interest in studying this native language. In this course, you will join a growing number of students and scholars taking classes in Quechua, the ancient language of the Incas.
This three-credit online course will provide you the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the language and culture, as well as the Andean indigenous peoples’ way of seeing the world. You will be expected to devote about 15 hours a week to this course over for the nine weeks. This includes three hours a week of synchronous instruction with the language instructor(s), about 10 hours a week on asynchronous tasks, and about two hours a week in small group projects and assignments.
In addition to this online course, SIT is also offering a three-week, supplementary, intensive Quechua language J-term immersion program in Cusco, Peru.
- Study introductory Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andes.
- Learn about the Quechua culture with its emphasis on collectivity through language learning.
- Develop Quechua language skills through interactive sessions with expert instructors.
Two semesters of college level Spanish or equivalent. Course will be taught from Spanish to Quechua.