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Intensive Nahuatl Language Study at Yale University – Summer 2015

Dates of Course: June 29 – August 7, 2015

The Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies (CLAIS) at Yale University, in partnership with IDIEZ (the Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas, Mexico) offer the opportunity to study Classical and Modern Nahuatl at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels in an intensive course that will be held at Yale in Summer 2015.

Apply on-line:
Apply for NHTL 125 through the Yale Summer Session online application at:

Tuition for three credits is $5,000 and must be paid to Yale University by May 1, 2015. Room and board are not included. Some partial tuition scholarships are available (see below).

Financial Assistance: We make every effort to ensure that financial constraints are not an obstacle for participating in the Summer Nahuatl Language program. If you need financial assistance to attend the course, please include a short statement of your need in the course selection section of the YSS application where you are asked to state your reasons for wishing to take the course. Financial aid may also be available in the form of FLAS fellowships through your own institution or another Title VI funded National Resource Center for Latin American Studies.

Housing: Housing with meals is available on campus in Yale’s residential colleges through Yale Summer Session. However, most summer Nahuatl students prefer to live off-campus. Students can find information about apartments off campus to sublet through University Housing and through various websites, including and

For more information: If you have questions about academics or financial aid, please contact Jean Silk at or by phone at 203/432-3420 or John Sullivan at If you have questions about the application or on-campus housing and meals, please contact Yale Summer Session at or by phone at 203/432-2430.

Course Description: 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, in order 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 into 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 five hours per day, Monday through Friday: three hours of Modern Nahuatl immersion with native speaking instructors, and two hours of Classical Nahuatl taught by John Sullivan. Additionally, each student will have three hours per week of individual tutoring with a native speaker in order to work on a research project of the student’s choice. Students who wish to enroll at the intermediate or advanced level must demonstrate that they have worked a minimum of two hours per week on Modern Nahuatl conversation with a native speaker during the entire previous academic year. Contact John Sullivan at for options concerning the completion of this requirement.