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

K’iche’ Maya Courses Offered This Fall

Mon, July 31, 2017
K’iche’ Maya Courses Offered This Fall
Manuel Tahay

This fall, two K’iche’ classes will be offered on campus, co-taught by Manuel Tahay, a native speaker with extensive teaching experience, and Sergio Romero, associate professor at LLILAS and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Tahay and Romero will co-teach the undergraduate-level K’iche’ Mayan Language and Culture. The class will be taught in both English and K’iche’; Spanish is not a prerequisite. The course is an introduction to the language, history, and culture of the K’iche’ Maya, who number more than one million in the western highlands of Guatemala. A portion of the class will concentrate on K’iche’ language, with students working toward basic oral fluency as well as beginning reading and writing skills. The learning of greetings, requests, directions, and basic K'iche' grammar will be combined with lectures on K'iche' history, customs, and oral traditions. Students will develop an awareness of current social issues as well as knowledge of the role of K’iche’ Maya in Guatemalan history, including the history of the Maya Movement and the participation of K'iche' intellectuals in the movement.

At the graduate level, Tahay will offer Intensive K’iche’ I. Knowledge of Spanish is not a requirement as the course will be taught solely in K’iche’, with intensive culture- and literacy-focused training in the language, in preparation for research.

Manuel Tahay is an experienced native speaker instructor from Nahualá, Guatemala. He has taught previously at UT Austin as well as Vanderbilt University.

Registration information: K’iche’ Mayan Language and Culture (LAS 328) is a three-credit course that meets MWF 10:00–11:00 a.m. in SRH 3.120. Intensive K’iche’ I (LAL 385 K) meets MWF from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in SRH 1.319.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Sergio Romero.

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