Beginner Quechua 1

An introduction to the largest indigenous language family of the Americas. This course focuses on the Southern Quechua variety, spoken from southern Peru through Bolivia, up to northern Argentina. A Global Classroom Course, it includes a collaborative module between Illinois students and Quechua native speakers from the Jose Maria Arguedas University in the Andean city of Andahuaylas, Peru.


Carlos Molina-Vital

Carlos Molina-Vital is a Peruvian linguist, language teacher, and CLACS's Quechua instructor.
He has experience teaching Spanish, General Linguistics, Syntax, and Semantics and has worked 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 grammar and standardization)
  • Language and cognition (in particular, the interaction between culture, categorization, and grammar)

Carlos is happy to answer any questions you might have!  You can email him at: