Haitian Kreyol

CLAS is pleased to offer the Advanced Haitian Kreyol language sequence during the 2016–2017 academic year. Intensive Introductory Haitian Kreyol was offered on the UChicago campus in summer 2016.

Both undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing beginning or intermediate Haitian Kreyol may do so through the CIC CourseShare program. Please contact Cathy Baumann, at the Chicago Language Center, for more information.

These courses are designed for students who plan to conduct research or work in Haiti or Haitian communities outside of Haiti. Students will develop reading, writing, and speaking skills through a variety of techniques. Course material will also include readings and films on Haitian history and culture.






ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The culmination of several years' planning efforts, a new Haitian Kreyol language program was initiated by CLAS in 2010–11 in consultation with faculty who teach and research on Haiti. From historical accounts of Haitian exiles in the Duvalier era to examinations of modern music pedagogy in the city of Jacmel, studies of Haiti's historical and contemporary situations have long been a presence at CLAS.

HAITIAN KREYOL INSTRUCTOR

William Balan-Gaubert

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ELEMENTARY HAITIAN KREYOL 

Elementary Kreyol I, 2, and 3 offers students the opportunity to learn the Haitian Kreyol language in its modern context, so they can communicate confidently with the people of Haiti and other Creole speaking people in various countries.  The program is rich with vocabulary essential for use in a wide range of circumstances and situations.  Among the topics discussed in class are: greetings, introductions, opinions and descriptions, numbers, time and weather, transportation and directions, money, shopping, and services, accommodations, food and drink as well as key words and phrases for medical care. 

INTERMEDIATE HAITIAN KREYOL 

This three-course sequence emphasizes the development of communication skills for real-life situations. In addition to expanding communicative abilities, this sequence will introduce the historical, cultural, and social context of Haitian Kreyol. 

ADVANCED HAITIAN KREYOL 

This three-course advanced-level sequence helps students develop their skills in understanding, summarizing, and producing written and spoken arguments in Haitian Kreyol through readings and debates on various issues of relevance in Haitian society. In addition to reading, analyzing, and commenting on advanced texts (both literary and nonliterary), students practice and extend their writing skills. Students should not enroll in this course without having previously taken the Intermediate Haitian Kreyol sequence.

2016–17 Academic Year COURSES

AUTUMN 2015

LACS 26221/36221 Advanced Seminar on Haitian Kreyol Language 1
William Balan-Gaubert

WINTER 2016

LACS 26222/36222 IAdvanced Seminar on Haitian Kreyol Language 2
William Balan-Gaubert

SPRING 2016

LACS 26223/36223 Advanced Seminar on Haitian Kreyol Language 3
William Balan-Gaubert