LAS2127 : Quechua Language and Culture - Part 1
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Professor Rosaleen Howard
- Owning School: Modern Languages
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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.
This module is for Exchange students studying at Newcastle University for Semester 1 only.
Outline Of Syllabus
Basic areas of grammar and communicative structures studied include:
Present tense; past tenses; future tense
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.
Oral and aural skills; grammatical analysis; written comprehension; composition; transcription of spoken language (CD-supported)
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||76:00||76:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|LAS2027||Quechua Language and Culture|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||60||1||M||50||In-class test|
|Written exercise||1||M||50||1500 word essay.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
- One 60 minute unseen exam in Semester 1 (50%): grammatical analysis; translation into Quechua; written comprehension; composition
- One take-away assessed coursework (50%): Semester one: A piece of independent study on an aspect of the Quechua language, to be agreed with the tutor, 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 DVD materials and apply them in their take away assessment. In the 120 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).