Every other year, CLAS offers a summer intensive sequence in Aymara. Beginning in 2014, we are alternating summer Aymara with the Ohio State University: OSU offered Aymara in 2014, CLAS will offer it in 2015. These are the only courses in Aymara offered in the US.

With support from a US Department of Education National Resource Center grant, the Aymara Summer Institute has been offered since 1995 under the direction of course instructor Miguel Huanca, author of the text Aymar Arux Akhamawa, the only Aymara-English textbook available.

Course Description

Aymara is an indigenous language of the Andes, spoken widely in Bolivia and parts of Peru, Chile, and Argentina. In this course, students will work with a native speaker and the tri-lingual textbook (Aymara, Spanish, English) Aymar Arux Akhamawa to acquire speaking, listening, and writing proficiency as well as familiarity with formal grammatical and linguistic structures. Students will work with a variety of authentic cultural materials, including film, literature, music, visual arts, and mass media to gain familiarity with particular meanings embedded within Aymara cultural concepts and contexts. This 8-week course sequence is designed students preparing for field work in Andean cultures or for linguists interested in indigenous South American languages.

SUMMER 2015 AYMARA COURSES (anticipated; to be confirmed)

Course Code Course Title Session Weeks Dates
TBD Intensive Beginner's Aymara Session I 4 weeks 6/22–7/17
TBD Intensive Intermediate Aymara Session II 4 weeks 7/20–8/15


Please contact Natalie Arsenault
ncarsenault@uchicago.edu | 773.702.9741