Feb 27 2014
Mayan Language Institute: K’iche’ and Kaqchikel Mayan Language and Culture Antigua, Guatemala • June 14–July 27, 2014
The Mayan Language Institute is an intensive, FLAS-eligible, six-week summer immersion language program in Guatemala for the study of K’iche’ Mayan or Kaqchikel Mayan. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers and participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. Mareike Sattler, who leads Vanderbilt’s academic-year K’iche’ Mayan program will help led the institute.
With more than 1.5 million K’iche’ and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Maya struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny.
Students pursuing K’iche’ Mayan will spend three weeks in Antigua and three weeks in Nahualá. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Mayan will spend their six weeks in Antigua. All students will be placed with local families for homestays.
The Mayan Language Institute is a partnership with Vanderbilt’s CLAS, Tulane University, University of New Mexico, University of Texas, and University of Chicago. For more information and to apply, go to stonecenter.tulane.edu/pages/detail/320/Mayan-Language-Institute-in-Guatemala.