AU 18 Language Offerings: Less Commonly Taught Languages of Latin America

March 8, 2018
maya dance celebration

Yucatec Maya *New in AU18*

Yucatec Maya is spoken by over a million speakers, primarily in the Yucatán in Southern Mexico, the Maya Riviera coastal region of Cancún, and Belize, where the language is kept alive by a rich heritage, including the practice of traditional medicine and the preservation of the archeological sites built by their ancestors.

Elementary Maya I: TR 4:00-5:15pm

Instructor: Dr. Quetzil Castañeda (offered via CourseShare distance-learning through synchronous Indiana University )

Haitian Creole 

Haitian Creole is spoken by Haiti’s entire population of over 8 million and nearly 1 million people in the Haitian-American diaspora in the United States. Haitian-Creole courses at Indiana University provide an introduction to the rich, African-based folk culture and religion of the world’s first black republic.

Haitian Creole I:  TR 2:30-4:00pm,

Instructor: David Tezil (offered via CourseShare distance-learning through synchronous Indiana University )


With an estimated 10 million native speakers, Quechua is the most spoken indigenous language of the Americas. The name ‘Quechua’ actually refers to a family of closely related languages, all of which are spoken in the Andean region of South America. 

Quechua 5501.01: Beginning Quechua I  TWRF    11:05 - 12:00 PM  -or-  TWRF     4:10 - 5:05 PM

Quechua 5503.01: Intermediate Quechua I  TWRF     9:00 AM - 9:55 AM

Quechua 5505.01: Advanced Quechua I

Quechua 5506.01: Advanced Quechua II


Ohio State's Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a wide variety of Portuguese courses. For a full list of AU18 offerings, please visit the Course Schedule