This thesis is a set of materials in colloquial Aymara, an indigenous language spoken by nearly one million people on the "altiplano" of Bolivia and southeastern Peru. It is designed for use by missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints assigned to the Bolivia Mission. It was prepared on the assumption that missionaries will have completed approximately three weeks of intensive Spanish language training prior to beginning this course.
Each lesson has a pre-class module which previews the vocabulary, grammar, and memorization assignments found in the in-class module, and increases the student's listening comprehension. The in-class module is divided into cycles, each of which begins with a microwave model and subsequent explanation of the grammar point under consideration. The repetition drills are followed by response drills, where answers must correspond to the truth value established in the preceding repetition drill. Controlled conversations, personalized questions and activities follow which are designed to lead the student step by step toward practical and meaningful communication.
College and Department
Humanities; Linguistics and English Language
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Davidson, Joseph Orville, "The Design and Implementation of A Missionary Language Course in Aymara" (1971). Theses and Dissertations. 4637.
Aymara language, Study, teaching, Mormon missionaries, Training