C101 Intermediate Haitian Creole (3 cr.) The most important Creole language of the world, 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 US. This course provides 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.
Graduate and undergraduate students at Indiana University can fulfill their language requirement by taking this four-semester course offered by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
The Haitian Creole instructor, Nicolas André, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He received a Masters degree in French Instruction at Indiana University and has worked as the Assistant Editor on the Haitian Creole-English Bilingual Dictionary (2007) published by the Creole Institute at Indiana University. He is particularly interested in comparative syntax between Haitian Creole and the French language, and the French acquisition as a second language among the Haitians. Nick is now enrolled in the French and Italian Department as a MA student in French linguistics.