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LAS2027 : Quechua Language and Culture (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module aims to:

• provide a background to the history of the Quechua language and a practical introduction to Southern Andean Quechua, a dialect widely understood across Bolivia and Southern Peru;
• provide students with simple conversational skills, vocabulary relating to the social and cultural contexts in which Quechua is spoken, and an awareness of a variety of grammatical structures;
• provide students with knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural contexts in which Quechua is spoken.
• use an interactive multimedia programme on DVD, specifically designed for the module, as an integrated feature of the course.

The module introduces students to the Quechua language, which, despite the spread of Spanish, is still spoken by an estimated ten million people in the Andean region of South America, and is the Amerindian language with the highest number of speakers in the Americas north and south. The study of a non-European language provides fresh insights into language structure and diverse cultural perspectives on the world. The language is taught with the social and cultural contexts in which it is used in mind. Students learn basic communicational Quechua and have access to native speakers’ usage via a multimedia programme on DVD, containing video clips and interactive language learning exercises - specifically designed for use on the module. The study of the cultural contexts in which Quechua is spoken is via a range of academic studies, testimonies of speakers, film and on-line resources.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic areas of grammar and communicative structures studied include:
Present tense; past tenses;
Simple sentences (containing one verb); complex sentences (containing more than one verb)
A range of common verbal suffixes
A range of common noun suffixes
A range of common ‘independent’ suffixes
Asking questions; negative statements; imperative forms
Basic areas of vocabulary related to the Andean social and cultural environment:
Social structure; agricultural practices; food preparation; clothing; weaving; travelling; markets; festivals; sickness and curing; education; religion; social conflict; Quechua in the modern world.

Skills practised:
Oral and aural skills; grammatical analysis; written comprehension; composition; transcription of spoken language (CD-supported)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching242:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1152:00152:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
LAS2127Quechua Language and Culture - Part 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

As this is a beginners’ language course, it involves quite intensive use of classroom time and classroom based activity is integrated, a range of skills being practised in each session.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M40A piece of independent study on an aspect of Quechua language or culture - 1500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- One 90 minute unseen exam in Semester 2 (60%): grammatical analysis; translation into Quechua; written comprehension; composition

- One take-away assessed coursework (40%): Semester 1: A piece of independent study on an aspect of Quechua language or culture, for submission in week 12.

It is considered important for learning a language that a component of the assessment should be take away, rather than purely exam based. The students can make independent use of the self-study CD ROM materials and apply them in their take away assessment. In the 90 minute written examination students will have the opportunity to prove their comprehension, translation and writing skills.

For resits, the formal written examination (detailed above) is worth 100% (not applicable to Stage 4 unless presenting themselves for a Pass degree).

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