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 Course Materials
OSEA provides Maya language lesson books in text and audio formats. Participants must purchase other materials, such as dictionaries out of pocket. To learn in more detail what is included in the tuition please click here.

Textbooks included in Program Cost
   ⇒   Spoken Maya Lessons by Blair and Vermont (textbook and audio) L1-6 Beginning; L7-12 Intermediate
   ⇒   Ko'ox Kanik Maaya T'aan (course textbook) by Quetzil Castañeda and Edber Dzidz Yam, textbook, audio, & video

Online OSEA Learning Resources
   ⇒   OSEA YouTube Channel: "Learn Maya Playlist"
   ⇒   OSEA Digital Library

OSEA Digital Library
🞕   Maya-Spanish "dictionaries"
🞕   Maya-English glossaries
🞕   OSEA flashcards
🞕   authentic Maya language texts produced by a variety of authors over the last 30 years
⇨   Linguistic articles and chapters on Maya language
⇨   Anthropological studies of contemporary Maya culture, peoples, history
⇨   Maya audio recordings, an array of recordings from stories to brief lessons


Required Materials Participants Must Purchase
  »  Dictionary Of The Maya Language: As Spoken in Hocaba Yucatan
  »  Maya-English/English-Maya Dictionary and Phrasebook

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OSEA Teaching Staff

OSEA program is taught by a teaching staff headed by Dr. Quetzil Castañeda and Lic. Edber Dzidz Yam (Maestria en Linguistica, CIESAS 2020) and a team of Maya language teaching assistants, who are natives to communities based in Yucatán and Quintana Roo.  OSEA prides itself in the ability to tailor the intensive language learning program to fit the research and learning objectives of the student participants.  In addition to our established foundation of pedagogical materials that integrates learning in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, OSEA creates specialized learning activities that are uniquely designed to achieve the learning objectives and interests of the participants. These pedagogical activities can be crafted to increase proficiencies related to particular domains of culture and interaction (e.g., milpa, health) or can be tailored to focus on reading and writing competencies for necessary for research of contemporary or colonial literatures.

Contact OSEA Directly with your questions:

   ⇨  Quetzil Castañeda,   quetzil@osea-cite.org . See OSEA profile

   ⇨  Edber Dzidz Yam,   edyam@unm.edu     See OSEA profile

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Learn About Proficiency and Competency Criteria

Check here to read ACTFL proficiency criteria for Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
Check here for FLAS criteria of Minority Language Proficiency Objectives

Course Credit Hours
The OSEA Intensive Maya Language Immersion Program meets the pedagogical criteria and standards for teaching Less Commonly Taught Languages established by the US Department of Education for FLAS Awardees to be able to use their FLAS grants.

Beginning Level 1 is equivalent to one semester of study and provides 8 university course credits.
Intermediate Level 2 is equivalent to one semester of study and provides 6 university course credits.
Advanced Level 3 is equivalent to one semester of study and provides 6 university course credits.

Four Week Course is equivalent to one semester of Beginning Maya and provides 4 university course credits.

Course Accreditation
The Maya language courses for undergraduate participants include accredited course credits and transcript from the current OSEA Partner, UIMQRoo — Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo. Click here for UIMQRoo. Graduate students typically do not require accredited transcript credits in order to complete their foreign language degree requirements. If you are a graduate student requiring accredited transcript, please contact Dr. Quetzil Castañeda to discuss your situation.


Student Funding: FLAS Awards and OSEA Scholarship

Two major options: FLAS Grants and Mis Ceme Scholarship

FLAS Grants / Foreign Language and Area Studies Grants

LCTL / Less Commonly Taught Languages
Students who are awarded a Summer FLAS Fellowhip can use their award to learn Maya in the OSEA Intensive Language Program. For more information about FLAS Fellowships please click here and visit your Latin American studies center at your own home institution.

For Elegibility and information about FLAS grants from Indiana University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, please contact Quetzil Castañeda, qcastane@indiana.edu

For Elegibility and information about FLAS grants from University New Mexico, Latin American and Iberian Institute, please contact Lenny Urena Valerio, lurena@unm.edu

Graduate students in any Arts & Science fields of study are eligible to apply for a FLAS from their home institution if their university has a Latin America and Caribbean studies program that is recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center. Students who are not at universities at such federally funded may technically apply for FLAS grants at one of the established NRC for 2010-2013; however review committees of such applications tend to give low priority to applicants who are not based in their university. Check here for a list of Latin America and Caribbean studies programs that were designated NRC for 2010-2013 with the mandate to distribute FLAS grants to USA undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate students are eligible for FLAS grants so long as they have completed the Beginning Level of study and are requesting support to study Intermediate level (second year) or higher. Graduate students are eligible to request support for FLAS funding for any level of language study. Visit FLAS Criteria. Please be aware that each National Resource Center at the different universities have established different deadlines for submission of year-long and intensive summer applications.


The OSEA Mis Ceme Scholarship
In Memory of Doña Edy Ceme, and her parents Doña Elda Ceme Padilla and Don Olegario Ceme

This award is named after Doña Edy Ceme, and her parents Doña Elda Ceme Padilla and Doño Olegario Ceme. Doña Edy Ceme and Rey Mis were Quetzil's Homestay family in 1988 and 1989. Edy's parents Doña Elda and Don Olgario were loved and deeply missed by all of us. The extended families of Mis and Ceme that have been friends and collaborators of OSEA founder Dr. Castaneda for more than 30 years. To honor their friendship and contribution to transcultural and intercultural exchange in PistÉ, this award was established to contribute to those who seek to develop a deeper linguistic and cultural understanding of Maya peoples, cultures, and lived experience. Priority is given to those persons who are ineligible or have low level of competitiveness for Title VI FLAS Grants. Award amounts are variable based on need and merit, and range from US$1,600 to $2,400

Home-stays with Maya families are carefully selected based on the Program Director’s 30 years of experience in the community of Pisté. OSEA has carefully developed a list of Maya families with home stays are possible. The overall size of the population of Pisté greatly restricts the number of families that can be potential host families. OSEA works with families whose household economy provides for a basic minimum of "creature-comfort" infrastructure -- which includes a variety of factors from bathrooms, electricity, space for study areas, and other criteria. OSEA also works with families of lower socioeconomic position who thereby lack many creature comforts to which US students are accustomed. Participants are required to purchase a hammock for sleeping in homestays; a special hammock shopping trip to a nearby town is organized during the first days of the program.

Lodging:   OSEA partners with the Posada Olalde a Maya family-run posada that offers superior linguistic immersion and cross-cultural experience. Victor Olalde, owner and tour guide, has been a friend and collaborator of OSEA for over 20 years. He has significant cross cultural experience with OSEA students and tourists and he has often worked as the Student Liaison for OSEA. This experience helps make the Posada Olalde a particularly welcome place to stay; it provides both a home-stay experience with the privacy, creature comforts, and ease of a hotel. The Posada Olalde is ideally situated within 2 blocks of the OSEA Headquarters, one block from the main road, and 20 minutes walking distance from Chichén Itzá.

* Direct OSEA Enrollment allows students from any university with any residence status or nationality to enroll directly with OSEA. By arrangement with their institution's financial aid office, students can apply their award to the OSEA Program. All payment is made directly to OSEA by the student as per guidelines described in the application process. Upon completion of the program the student receives an OSEA transcript and an accredited transcript from the Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo (UIMQRoo), OSEA's partner institution in México. The UIMQRoo is an institution on the list of accredited Mexican institutions accepted by US institutions. In order to facilate the transfer of credits, students receive two copies of each transcript in a sealed envelope. One of these envelopes is then hand-delivered by the student to the registrar of their university in order to comply with your registrar rules for acceptance of transfer credits. It is recommended that every participant discuss the credit transfer process with their departmental advisor to secure pre-approval of transferability of course credits. The second transcript should be archived for future use.


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