The Quechua Innovation and Teaching Initiative (QINTI) is an initiative housed within CLACS that aims to facilitate the coordination of efforts, experiences, and expertise connecting Quechua instructors and activists in the United States and Andean nations. QINTI’s first goal is to define shared objectives and content in the Quechua curriculum, including clear goals for each level regarding speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Based on this shared curriculum, QINTI members collaborate to develop open-access pedagogical materials that articulate shared grammatical, lexical, and fundamental cultural elements from a Pan-Andean perspective. In this way, QINTI aims to represent Quechua as a global and diverse culture shaped by migration processes, the rise of indigenous self-identification, and the use of modern technologies. Thus, alongside the speakers living in rural communities, the initiatives includes heritage speakers and their families in Andean nations and abroad.
QINTI is directed by Carlos Molina-Vital, Quechua instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Instructors from the University of Pittsburg, University of Georgia, UT Austin, Rowan University, University of Colorado, and Harvard are involved with QINTI, in addition to a variety of language activists.
Details of the meeting/conference will be announced nearer the date.