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Haitian Creole

Haitian Creole is spoken by Haiti’s entire population of over 8 million and nearly 1 million people in the Haitian-American Diaspora in the U.S

Haitian Creole courses at Indiana University provide an introduction to the rich, African-based folk culture and religion (voodoo) of the world’s first black republic. Haitian Creole, the second official language of Haiti, is closely related to other French Creole languages of the area—those spoken in Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, St. Lucia, as well as in French Guyana and Louisiana. Haitian Creole is an essential means of communication for professionals in the fields of education and health and social services in Haiti.

The Haitian Creole instructor at Indiana University, David Tezil, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. David served as an interpreter and language facilitator for the Department of Multicultural Education of Palm Beach School District in Florida. He has contributed to the implementation of bilingual and multicultural learning materials for Haitian speaking students and adult literacy programs. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in linguistics at Indiana University.

The Creole Institute at Indiana University is recognized as the only center in the United States that is equipped to deal in depth with linguistic and related educational issues in Haiti. Find out more on the Creole Institute website.

More about Haitian Creole is also available on the MLCP languages page.