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Nahuatl Language Program

Intensive Nahuatl Language Study at Yale University - Summer 2015 | Northeastern Group of Nahuatl Studies Conference at Yale | Nahuatl Naman


Intensive Nahuatl Language Study at Yale University - Summer 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. 

nahuatlDates of Course:  June 29 – August 7, 2015.

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

Tuition for three credits is $5,000. 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 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.


Northeastern Group of Nahuatl Studies Conference at Yale

Northeastern Group of Nahuatl Studies 2014-15
Annual meeting at Yale

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On May 8 and 9, 2015, the Northeastern group of Nahuatl Studies will host the Sixth Annual Conference and Workshop at Yale. The program will include advanced Nahuatl study, group document translation, and papers by scholars.

As with past meetings, the conference will include two sessions. In one session, scholars will gather to work collectively on the translation of documents which will be shared before the meeting. Please contact the organizers if you wish to present a document for study and to make arrangements for its distribution.

The second session will include the presentation of papers on aspects of the Nahuatl language and linguistics, Nahuatl texts, or Nahua ethnohistory. Scholars interested in offering a paper should contact the organizers for inclusion. Papers may deal with any aspect of Nahuatl or Nahua studies, from pre-contact up to the modern era.

Please consider joining us in this exciting weekend, with a document for study, with a paper, or simply by attending. More details will be forthcoming as plans are made final.

The organizers include:
Caterina Pizzigoni
John Sullivan
Louise Burkhart
John F. Schwaller


screenshotNahuatl Naman (Nahuatl Today) provides a variety of resources for users to learn the Nahuatl language. Nahuatl is a language spoken by Nahua peoples of Mexico. This application employs the conventions of Nahuatl used in la Huasteca Veracruzana. It is free and is made possible by funding from the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and the Department of History at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

The Nahuatl language is alive, and so are the Macehualmeh that speak it.

Please visit for more information.


The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale