Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Indigenous Languages Initiative

The Indigenous Languages Initiative (ILI) at LLILAS Benson is focused on teaching, researching, promoting, and revitalizing Indigenous languages spoken in parts of Latin America. Classes are taught by experienced native speakers.

During the 2020–2021 academic year, we will teach Beginning Quechua (Apurímac). In the past, the ILI has offered classes in Maya K'iche' and Nahuatl, and will continue to do so in the future. Students can fulfill their requirement for Intermediate Proficiency in a foreign language with 12 credits of any of our Indigenous language offerings.

ILI forefronts and seamlessly integrates scholarly research with the acquisition of linguistic and cultural competence. Based on the interests and intellectual strengths of native-speaker instructors and students, students in our classes regularly work with one-of-a-kind Indigenous language manuscripts and rare books held in the Benson Rare Books Collection, as well as written and sonic materials from AILLA (The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America), housed at LLILAS Benson. Along with our exceptional in-person programming, we also produce state-of-the-art open-access online instructional materials for Indigenous languages, currently in K'iche, with Nahuatl and Quechua coming soon.

If you have questions about our programming, please contact the director of ILI, Kelly McDonough.

Quechua 2020

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