The Quechua people is the most widespread indigenous group in the Americas (approx. 8-9 million people in 6 different Andean nations). Learning Quechua is crucial to understand the indigenous heritage in the Hispanic world. It also provides an excellent gateway to becoming familiar with both the grammar and the worldview behind indigenous people. Quechua is also important for those interested in doing research or field work in the Andean region from Southern Colombia through Northern Argentina: educators, health practitioners and health policy makers, anthropologists, linguists, historians, as well musicologists studying the Andes will gain new insights and tools by learning the language of the descendants of the Inca Empire and other Andean civilizations that expressed their culture through Quechua.  Our courses are taught by Carlos Molina-Vital, a PhD Candidate in Quechua Linguistics from the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Perú and a co-founder of the Quechua Innovation and Teaching Initiative (QINTI).

 SPRING 2021 Classes

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  •  CRN 47621- Beginning Quechua 1, Beginner Quechua 2 (Second Semester of Beginning Sequence). Successful completion of Beginner's Quechua 1 required (offered Fall semester)
  • CRN 67050 Intermediate Quechua 1, Intermediate Quechua 2 (Second semester of the Intermediate Sequence). Successful completion of Intermediate Quechua 1 (offered Fall semester) required.

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  • CRN 72378- Life in the Andes: Topics in Quechua Language and Culture. All students welcome! No previous knowledge of Quechua or the Andes required!




Carlos Molina-Vital is a Peruvian linguist and language teacher, and CLACS's Quechua instructor. He has experience teaching Spanish, General Linguistics, Syntax, and Semantics and has been working with Quechua languages since. His fieldwork has taken him to Ancash (Callejon de Huaylas and Conchucos), Cuzco (Maras, Urubamba, Calca), and Ayacucho (Huamanga, Huanta), in the Peruvian Andes. His Interests are:

  • Grammar description under a functional-cognitive framework
  • Applied linguistics (pedagogical grammars and standardization)
  • Language and cognition (in particular the interaction between culture, categorization and grammar)

Carlos is happy to answer any questions you might have about the Quechua Program!  You can email him at: crm5@illinois.edu