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Wed Feb 27 2008

FYI: K'iche' Maya summer language program

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        1.    Rusty Barrett, K'iche' Maya summer language program

Message 1: K'iche' Maya summer language program
Date: 25-Feb-2008
From: Rusty Barrett <erbarrettuky.edu>
Subject: K'iche' Maya summer language program
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The University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies, in
partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American and
Iberian Studies, offers a summer intensive immersion language program in
K’iche’ Maya on site in Nahualá, Guatemala. The program will next be
offered from June 23-August 1, 2008. Please see
http://clas.uchicago.edu/kiche_summer.shtml for full program details and
application instructions.

K’iche’ is a Mayan language spoken by about one million people in the
central highlands of Guatemala. The K’iche’ language has played a central
role in the Mayan cultural revitalization movement and has a long literary
tradition including such works as the /Popol Wuj/ (/Popol Vuh/) and
/Rabinal Achi/. The Maya cultural revitalization movement and the
subsequent rise in bilingual education in Guatemala have resulted in a
number of interesting changes in both language structure and use, and have
had important social and political implications for the cultures that speak
the K’iche’ language.

*Program Information*

The goal of the program is to help students develop proficiency in modern
spoken K’iche’. Students will spend mornings Mondays-Fridays with
linguistics and anthropology faculty from the University of Chicago,
Vanderbilt University, and University of Kentucky in a classroom setting in
order to develop a strong foundation in K’iche’ grammar and vocabulary.
During the afternoons, each student will work one-on-one with a native
K’iche’ speaker in a conversation workshop. Each student will be placed
with a local home-stay family during weeks 2-6 of the program, for a
genuine immersion experience. Weekly cultural demonstrations, including
wood-carving, backstrap weaving, foot-loom weaving, and metate fabrication,
will compliment the formal instruction.

During the first week of the program the course will meet in Panajachel,
where students will stay in a hotel and meet with faculty to prepare for
living in Nahualá, including practice of basic K’iche’ phrases. At the
start of week 2, the course will move to the town of Nahualá, where K’iche’
is the primary language used by the majority of residents. Nahualá has a
laundry service, an ATM machine, a U.S.-trained physician,and several
locations for using the internet.

The K’iche’ program uses newly developed teaching materials in addition to
a revised version of the Stanley Wick and Remigio Cochojil-González
textbook published at the University of Chicago in the 1960s. The
University of Chicago houses one of the world’s finest collections of
recorded K’iche’ materials, including recordings dating back to the 1920s,
which form an important part of the curriculum. The course is appropriate
for students with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including
anthropology, comparative religion, history, Latin American studies,
linguistics, political science, and sociology.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students. Undergraduate students will be
admitted only with consent of instructor. Students are encouraged to apply
early. This is a field-based program — students should be flexible and
prepared for conditions in rural Guatemala.

*Travel and Arrangements*

Students are responsible for their own airfare, and should plan to arrive
in Panajachel on or before June 22.

*Tuition/Fees and Credit*

A $50 application fee is required (see below for details). This course
meets all requirements for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)
Fellowships; students are encouraged to apply to their home institution for
summer FLAS Fellowship support. Tuition for students on FLAS Fellowship is
$4,000 (students not planning to enroll with a FLAS Fellowship should
contact Josh Beck, jpbeckuchicago.edu uchicago.edu> or
773-702-8420, for tuition details).

Eligible graduate students at other universities may apply to the
University of Chicago and/or Vanderbilt University for summer FLAS
Fellowship support, but priority for FLAS awards at both institutions will
be given to University of Chicago and Vanderbilt students.

All students must pay a $1,150 program fee. The program fee covers local
accommodations (including one meal/day with the home-stay family) and local

Certain costs are not included in the program tuition or program fee, such
as transportation to Guatemala and hotel accommodations in Antigua for the
first night, laundry, snacks, souvenirs, etcetera. Students should plan
accordingly and budget approximately $700-$850 for international airfare.

All students will receive 3 credits from the University of Chicago for
Beginning K’iche’ Maya 1, 2, and 3.

Full class attendance is required.

*Application and Enrollment*

Please download an application [PDF
]. Completed applications should be sent to:

Josh Beck
Associate Director
Center for Latin American Studies
University of Chicago
5848 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Applications are due by March 30, 2008 and must be accompanied by a
non-refundable $50 application fee.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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