Nahuatl at Berkeley

Mosaic sculpture of a serpent goddess.

In collaboration with the Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology (Zacatecas, México) the University of Utah Center for Latin American Studies, and the UC Berkeley Department of Spanish & Portuguese, CLAS is able to offer Nahuatl courses for credit at Berkeley. 

Overview

With almost 1.4 million speakers, Nahuatl is among the most widely spoken of the 68 living languages officially recognized by the Mexican government. Nahuatl is part of the Uto Azteca language family, one of the largest linguistic families in the Americas in terms of number of speakers, number of languages, and geographic extension, spanning the Western United States and Mexico.

Berkeley is offering Nahuatl to Berkeley students during the academic year as a real-time distance-learning course taught by native-language instructors from the University of Utah and IDIEZ (the Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology) in Zacatecas, Mexico. This is the variety from the municipality of Chicontepec, in the Huasteca region of northern Veracruz, Mexico. Nahua culture, history, and modern life are at the center of course instruction.   

Nahuatl courses

Beginning Nahuatl I (SPANISH 40A)

Offered Fall Semester

First-semester Nahuatl for students who have no previous experience with the language. This course develops listening and reading strategies with an emphasis on oral and written forms of communication.

SPANISH 40A: Beginning Nahuatl I — M–W: 2:00 – 4:00 pm Pacific Time (Fall 2022) 

Beginning Nahuatl II (SPANISH 40B)

Offered Spring Semester

Second semester beginning Nahuatl course for students who have completed Beginning Nahuatl I. This course continues to develops listening and reading strategies with an emphasis on oral and written forms of communication.

SPANISH 40B: Beginning Nahuatl II (Schedule TBD)

Intermediate Nahuatl I (SPANISH 40C)

Offered Fall Semester

Third-semester Nahuatl. Continued emphasis on listening and speaking skills with an increased emphasis on reading and writing skills as the culture of people who speak Nahuatl.

SPANISH 40C: Intermediate Nahuatl I — T–Th: 12:00 – 2:00 pm Pacific Time (Fall 2022)

Intermediate Nahuatl II (SPANISH 40D)

Offered Spring Semester

Fourth-semester Nahuatl course which follows Intermediate Nahuatl I. Continued emphasis on listening and speaking skills with an increased emphasis on reading and writing skills as the culture of people who speak Nahuatl.

SPANISH 40D: Intermediate Nahuatl II (Schedule TBD)

Advanced Nahuatl I (SPANISH 40E)

Offered Fall Semester

The first semester of Advanced Nahuatl, fifth-semester level which follows Intermediate Nahuatl II. Continued emphasis on listening and speaking skills with an increased emphasis on reading and writing skills as the culture of people who speak Nahuatl.

SPANISH 40E: Advanced Nahuatl I — M-W: 2:00 – 3:20 pm Pacific Time (Fall 2022)

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