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Minority Languages and Cultures Project

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 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 about the Creole Institute.

Course Offerings

  • LTAM-C101/C501 Elementary Haitian Creole I (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): This is the first part of a four course sequence on Haitian Creole and serves as an introduction to Haitian Creole, the vernacular language of Haiti (spoken by over 9 million people). This course includes conversational drills, grammatical explanations and exercises, listening comprehension training, and explores aspects of Haitian Culture.
  • LTAM-C 102/C502 Elementary Haitian Creole II (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): This is the second part of a four course sequence on Haitian Creole. In this course students will work on understanding and producing everyday conversations and reading non-specialist texts. They will also learn about the rich African-based folk culture and religion of the world's first black republic.
  • LTAM-C 201/LTAM-L 527 Intermediate Haitian Creole I: Intermediate (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): This is the third part of a four course sequence on Haitian Creole. This intermediate level course on Haitian Creole language and culture is designed to help students improve their communication skills and gain a deeper understanding of Creole-speaking cultures. P: Grades of C or better in first year Haitian Creole or equivalent proficiency.
  • LTAM-C202/LTAM-L 527 Intermediate Haitian Creole II: Advanced (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): This is the fourth part of a four course sequence on Haitian Creole. In advanced Haitian Creole students will work toward expanding and refining their conversation skills, reading and writing more specialized texts, and deepening their knowledge of Haitian culture and history.


Haitian Creole Summmer Language Workshop