Kichwa (Quechua)-Language Instruction

The LAI is committed to the instruction of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) as a means of fostering a greater understanding of Latin American issues and strengthening the capacity of leaders in world affairs. Identified by the Department of Education as a LCTL, the LAI has supported the instruction of Kichwa (Quechua) at UCLA for over 15 years.

  • Luz Maria De la Torre, Kichwa Lecturer of Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Institute

  • Students sharing their knowledge of the Kichwa language and culture to conference attendees (Spring 2013).

  • Kichwa students (Spring 2014) participating in an academic and cultural activity.

What is currently a program of instruction of Kichwa (Quechua), initiated as project to provide supportive and authentic multimedia language learning materials led by linguistics professor Roger Anderson.  Our most recent collaboration with the Spanish and Portuguese department resulted in the appointment of a Kichwa (Quechua) lecturer in 2009 and since then, Luz Maria de la Torre, has offered hundreds of scholars, students and members of the public a means of exploration and celebration of indigenous languages of the Andean region of Latin America.

Kichwa Ayllu
UCLA student website designed for other Kichwa apprentices and those entering the venture of the wonderful Andean Kichwa world.  Student coursework is sampled.
Language: Kichwa, English (some)

Dirección Nacional de Educación Intercultural Bilingüe (DINEIB)
Ecuadoran government initiative designed to provide a quality intercultural and bilingual public education for the populations pertaining to the 14 nationalities and languages comprising the nation.  
Language: Spanish

Radio Iluman
Radio station that stemmed from an initiative to strengthen cultural identity and promote education within the Kichwa community.  It now serves as a means of bilingual (Spanish and Kichwa) intercultural communication. 
Language: Spanish, Kichwa

Otavalos Online
Kicwha virtual community - news, music, information, chat, etc.
Language: Kichwa
Free online Kichwa course for first-time Kichwa language learners. 
Language: Spanish