Quechua is the most spoken Indigenous language of the Americas, with 7-8 million speakers mostly in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, and also some areas of Colombia, Argentina and Chile. The Quechua language program offers classes through the Penn Language Center and is the only Ivy League university to do so in such a capacity. Currently, Quechua is the only Indigenous South American language offered at the University of Pennsylvania.
Important info: Our classes might count towards the major/minor in Latin American and Latino Studies, and the minor in Native American Studies. The course also counts as a ‘related course’ towards the major in Linguistics.
- Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr and Haverford are welcome to enroll in this class. Penn Graduate students are allowed to enroll after getting their advisor’s permission.
Quechua courses at Penn not only work on developing language skills, but also cultural awareness on Indigenous Peoples. Class dynamics encourage the discussion of different social and cultural issues.
Quechua is offered on this cycle:
- QUEC-110 Elementary Quechua and Andean Culture I
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Prof. Mendoza-Mori
Quechua, the language of the Inca Empire and still spoken by approximately 8 million people throughout the Andes, is the most spoken indigenous language in the Americas. The program focuses on the development of written and oral communicative abilities in Quechua through an interactive activity-based approach. Course includes an introduction to Quechua and Andean culture. Students will participate in pair, small-group and whole-class activities. Assessment is based on both students’ ability to use the language in written and oral tasks and understanding the language and culture. This beginning level Quechua course is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language. Lectures will be delivered in English and Quechua.
Download Previous Course Syllabus
- QUEC 120 – Elementary Quechua and Andean Culture II
How to enroll in the class:
In case you might adicional assistance you can contact Lada Vassilieva (email@example.com), Administrative Director of the Penn Language Center.
If you have questions about the class, please feel free to contact Prof. Mendoza-Mori (americo @ sas.upenn.edu)