Kreyòl Ayisen (Hatian Creole)

 

 

Fluency in more than one language and an understanding of literary and cultural context prepares students to become global citizens. Language study hones students’ communication skills and enriches their critical understanding of the world.

Learn the language and culture of the first independent nation in Latin America / the Caribbean and the second independent nation in the American Continent. Haitian-Creole is one of the two official languages of Haiti and has more than 10 million speakers. It is spoken widely in Haiti throughout the Caribbean basin, among Haitian-Americans in the United States, Canada, Chile, and France etc. It is recognized as an official French based Creole language in the Caribbean. Related creoles are spoken on Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Studying Haitian-Creole will equip students with essential communication skills to work in professional fields in healthcare, social research, counseling, management, education, public service, business, engineering, social services, art, history, construction, translation and interpreting in Haiti and among the Haitian community in places such as, New Orleans, New York, Miami, Chicago, Boston, or Montreal. Haitian-Creole studies at KU exposes students to a rich Haitian Culture through film, music, art, cuisines, games, literature, history, religion , philosophies, and rich oral tales.
HAIT 110 Elementary Haitian I
Beginning course in the vernacular language of Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe and other areas of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Conversational approach, with essentials of grammar. Reading of basic texts. Special attention to folk culture as expressed by language. No previous knowledge of another foreign language is required. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

HAIT 120 Elementary Haitian II
Continuation of HAIT 110, with further readings in Haitian literature. Prerequisite: HAIT 110 or consent of instructor. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Laguerre, Jowel
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 75398
HAIT 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Haitian. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

HAIT 230 Intermediate Haitian I
Continued practice in conversation and composition; intensive and extensive readings from contemporary press, short story, poetry, and folk tales. Prerequisite: HAIT 120 or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

HAIT 240 Intermediate Haitian II
Continuation of HAIT 230, with additional readings from theatre, novel, and historical texts. Prerequisite: HAIT 230 or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

HAIT 300 Contemporary Haiti
Detailed analysis of recent Haitian history. The focus will include interactions between religion, social structure, politics, economics and international relations. (Same as AAAS 302.) Prerequisite: AAAS 301/HAIT 200, or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

HAIT 350 Advanced Haitian I
Course objective is a sophisticated command of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Haitian. Texts include newspapers and other Haitian publications as well as spoken material produced essentially for native speakers. Conversation and oral presentations. Keeping of personal journal in Haitian. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

HAIT 360 Advanced Haitian II
Continuation of HAIT 350, plus advanced readings from Haitian authors such as Carrie Paultre, Frank Etienne, Lyonel Desmarattes, and Michel-Rolph Trouillot. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

HAIT 497 Directed Studies in Haitian
May be taken more than once, total credit not to exceed fifteen hours. Material not covered by course work, and/or in field of student's special interest. Conferences. Course taken for one hour of credit may not be used to fulfill College's humanities distribution requirement. Prerequisite: Six hours of Haitian Creole and consent of instructor. IND.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

HAIT 500 Directed Studies in Haitian Language and Literature
Advanced work in either language or literature or both. May be taken more than once, total credit not to exceed fifteen hours. Conferences. As a three-credit-hour course, it may count toward a major in African and African-American studies. Prerequisite: Four semesters of Haitian Creole or equivalent and consent of instructor. IND.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

HAIT 501 Directed Studies in Haitian Culture
Advanced work in Haitian culture. May be taken more than once, total credit not to exceed fifteen hours. Conferences. As a three-credit-hour course, it may count toward a major in African and African-American studies. No knowledge of Haitian or French is required. Prerequisite: AAAS 301 or HAIT 200, or consent of instructor. IND.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

HAIT 700 Investigation and Conference
Supervised individual readings in selected areas of Haitian language, literature, and culture. Individual reports and conferences. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

External Resources:

Hatian Creole Alphabet and Pronunciation

Omniglot is an online encyclopedia of languages and writing systems that provides sample texts and pronunciation guides for many languages including, Hatian Creole.

English to Creole Dictionary

Cultural Orientation- Haiti

An introduction to phonology, sentence formation and vocabulary.

Kreyol Ayisen Study Abroad Opportunities:

Florida International University

A six-week program designed for anyone interested in acquiring basic conversational proficiency in Haitian Creole and also for those students who wish to continue their Haitian Creole Language training at the intermediate and advanced levels. Participants are introduced to Haitian Langauge, history, and culture through lectures in English and Haitian Creole presented by nationally-recognized Haitianists and Diasporic leaders, film, technical training sessions and tours of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood.

University of Massachussetts Boston

This year the Institute will offer a three-week intensive program in different levels, geared toward the acquisition and practice of Haitian Creole. Also offered is a course in techniques of translation for advanced students. In addition to class work, all courses make use of cultural activities to enhance the study of the language. Evaluation of student achievement and proficiency for placement and progress will be conducted both informally and formally during and at the conclusion of the course. To give participants an additional immersion in the Haitian-speaking environment they will have an opportunity to participate, on a voluntary basis, in field work activities in different Haitian community-based organizations and agencies outside the classroom time.

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