Mam language classes
Xnaq'tzb'il ti'j qyol Mam
In these courses, we explore culture and traditions of Mam communities, both in Guatemala and Oakland, through the Mam language. For each topic, we will learn the standard cultural practices surround the topic, learning new words and phrases along the way. Each week we will also learn a new aspect of Mam grammar. Class activities will include videos, stories, quizes, games, activities, small group discussions, and individual presentations. The goal of this course is to gain confidence in listening and speaking skills in Mam, as well as understanding Mam cultural norms, through practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The variety of Mam taught in this course is from San Juan Atitán, Guatemala.
Instructors: Henry Sales Hernandez (OUSD), Silvia Lucrecia Carrillo Godinez, Tessa Scott (UC Berkeley, linguistics), Cristina Mendez (UC Berkeley, education)
UC Berkeley undergraduate linguist apprentinces: Nina Sirna, Jay Urbano Gonzalez, Marisa Benedito, Yanira Garcia, (formerly: Xingyue Tu, Samba Kane)
Spring 2022 information
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All classes will be remote (Zoom) until further notice.
All classes will be recorded and uploaded to our google drive (Materials tab)
All materials will be available online (Materials tab)
Classes begin Tuesday January 25th
Classes end Saturday May 21st
Tuesday, 5:00 - 6:10pm
Thursday 5:00 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, 6:20 - 7:30pm
Thursday 6:15 - 7:15pm
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00am
Tuesdays are for a language lesson, activities, games, and practice. Thursdays are for an interactive cultural lesson and other activites. Saturdays are for everyone to come and ask questions, practice making conversation, and working on projects.