2020 Utah Summer Nahuatl Program

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Utah Nahuatl Language and Culture Program

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Program Dates: June 15 – July 31, 2020

FLAS Eligible (see below)


The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah, in partnership with IDIEZ (the Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas, Mexico) is offering the opportunity to study Modern and Classical forms of Nahuatl at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Instruction is offered by highly trained native-language speakers and provides students with a solid foundation in Nahuatl, a Uto-Aztecan language spoken in Mexico, along with meaningful cultural activities. 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, 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 and conversation with native speakers 3) penetrate 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.


Students will have class for at least five hours per day, Monday through Friday: two hours of Modern Nahuatl immersion with native speaking instructors, two hours of Classical Nahuatl taught by John Sullivan, three hours per week of individual and small group tutoring to work on a research project of the student’s choice, and three hours of cultural activities per week. Students who wish to enroll at the intermediate or advanced level must demonstrate that they have worked on Modern Nahuatl conversation with a native speaker during the previous academic year. Contact John Sullivan at john.j.sullivan@utah.edu for options concerning the completion of this requirement. Students who complete this intensive language course will be awarded 6-8 credits (8 credits for beginner and intermediate and 6 credit for advanced), equivalent to two semesters of intensive coursework.


Tuition: Tuition is $5,000. Room and board are not included. Information regarding on-campus housing can be found on our website at https://latin-american-studies.utah.edu/nahuatllanguageprogram/housing.php


For more information & to apply, please visit our website at https://latin-american-studies.utah.edu/nahuatllanguageprogram/


The program is FLAS eligible and some partial tuition assistance may be available. FLAS applications are due January 31st. Information regarding the FLAS application process can be found here. Note: If you’re from another University and applying for FLAS please submit the attached PDF FLAS application, along with all other required documents in one envelope or together as one digital document (not multiple emails and/or attachments) with the exception of letters of recommendation that must be sealed by the recommender or mailed or emailed directly by the recommender. For FLAS specific questions, please email Patrick Cheney at flas@utah.edu .