Quechua @ UO!
Starting Fall 2018 YLC will be offering Quechua in our Self Study Language Program thanks to the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant program and the enthusiastic support of campus partners like ICSP and LAS.
Spoken throughout the central Andes Mountains by an estimated 8-10 million people, including nearly 25% of Peruvians, Quechua is the language of Quechua people, descendents of the great Incan empire.
At UO this is the first time in more than a decade that we've been able to offer an indigenous language from Latin America, and we think it'll be of interest to students in fields as diverse as Environmental Studies, History, Linguistics, Business, and, of course, Spanish and Latin America Studies.
Ms. Katherine Montes Chamorro, a native speaker of the language, will be our visiting Fulbright scholar. She is a young Peruvian woman with a BS in Mining Engineering, who’s also trained as an English teacher Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano and has taught English for more than a year in a secondary school near Huancayo, in the heart of the Quechua region.
Latin American Studies Director Pedro Garcia-Caro's response epitomizes how excited we are at this news, "[Katharin's} presence on our campus sends a strong signal of support for the type of in-depth study of Latin American culture and society at a level we have not often been able to offer. I would love to sign up for these classes already, please put me on the waiting list for Quechua 101 already!"
To find out more about Quechua, or any of our eight other languages in the SSLP, please contact us. You can register for these unique courses on Duckweb under LT 199.
Photo credits: Above, Bill Walker, American English Institute (retired); Below, Wikipedia.org