Haitian Creole

Two child smile while holding jugs on their headHaitian Creole, often called simply Creole or Kreyōl, is a language based largely on 18th Century French, some African languages, as well as languages, such as Arawak, English, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, Spanish, and Taino. It is spoken by 10 – 12 million people, in Haiti, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Ivory Coast, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, parts of the United States, and Venezuela.

Fall 2020 Courses 

CREOLE 101 / 701 (Elementary Creole I) MWF 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Hybrid course MF synchronously online, W in-person

Online offering – synchronous (Class Note: Class meets synchronously MWF 3:30-4:30p EST. Attendance is expected. If you have circumstances that make this difficult, please email instructor at jacques.pierre@duke.edu to discuss.)

An introduction to the essential elements of Haitian Creole or Kreyòl language and aspects of Haitian culture. The first of the two-semester sequence of elementary Haitian Creole or Kreyòl, the course provides practice in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the language, culturally contextualized through units on health care, Haitian women’s rights issues, and unpaid child servants (restavèk). Students will acquire enough vocabulary and idioms to be able to interact with Haitians. Taught in Haitian Creole. No pre-requisite

CREOLE 203 / 703 (Intermediate Creole I) MWF 1:45 – 2:35 pm

Hybrid course MF synchronously online, W in-person

Online offering – synchronous (Class Note: Class meets  synchronously MWF 1:45-2:35p EST. Attendance is expected. If you have circumstances that make this difficult, please email instructor at jacques.pierre@duke.edu to discuss.)

First semester of intermediate Haitian Creole or Kreyol. This course moves beyond survival skills in Creole to more complex social interactions and expressions of analysis and opinion. Intermediate skills in understanding, speaking, writing, reading will be contextualized within a broad range of issues such as rural life in Haiti, religion, frenchified Creole vs popular Creole, through texts, poems, and excerpts taken from novels in Haitian Creole. Students will learn to carefully follow contemporary events and debates in Haitian culture using internet resources in Creole. Pre-requisite: Creole 102 or equivalent. Taught in Haitian Creole.

CREOLE 390 / 590 (Advanced Creole 1) WF 5:15-6:15

Online offering – synchronously (Class Note: Class meets  synchronously WF 5:15-6:15p EST. Attendance is expected. If you have circumstances that make this difficult, please email instructor at jacques.pierre@duke.edu to discuss.)

This class is designed to help students sharpen their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Kreyòl at an advanced level while exploring different themes related to Ayiti such as literature(s), language(s), education, history, and different types of Haitian music. Students will have the opportunity to explore the works of the pioneers of Haitian Kreyòl literature as well as the works of Haitian scholars/authors who have been publishing in Kreyòl in different domains for the past ten years. In addition, students will be able to work on different songs and music groups that left their mark on Haitian music for the past 50 years as well as Haitian movies.