ROFR 20680 - Creole Language and Culture, Spring 2007

Notre Dame OpenCourseware (OCW) offers free educational resources for the course "Creole Language and Culture". This course introduces students to the language of Haitian Kreyòl, or Creole, and to the culture of its speakers. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who plan to conduct research in Haiti or in the Haitian diaspora, or who intend to work in a volunteer or professional capacity either in Haiti or with Haitians abroad.

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This course introduces students to the language of Haitian Kreyò l, or Creole, and to the culture of its speakers. The course is intended for students with no prior knowledge of the language and will develop both reading and writing skills--emphasizing communicative competence as well as grammatical and phonetic techniques. Importantly, this study of Kreyò l explores the language's social and cultural elements, as seen in Haiti and elsewhere in the Caribbean. The course includes an anthropological survey Haitian history, economy, politics and religion. In addition to class work, audio tapes, music and film combine for a multilateral approach to language development. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who plan to conduct research in Haiti or in the Haitian diaspora, or who intend to work in a volunteer or professional capacity either in Haiti or with Haitians abroad.

Art sold on the streets of Port au Prince

Creole Language and Culture

Professor Karen Richman, Ph.D.

Institute for Latino Studies
University of Notre Dame

Course Structure: Two two-hour classes per week

Image courtesy of Tyler Stavinoha.  Used with Permission.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the language of Haitian Kreyòl, or Creole, and to the culture of its speakers.  The course is intended for students with no prior knowledge of the language and will develop both reading and writing skills--emphasizing communicative competence as well as grammatical and phonetic techniques.  Importantly, this study of Kreyòl explores the language's social and cultural elements, as seen in Haiti and elsewhere in the Caribbean.  The course includes an anthropological survey of Haitian history, economy, politics and religion.  In addition to class work, music and film combine for a multilateral approach to language development.  The program is designed to meet the needs of those who plan to conduct research in Haiti or in the Haitian diaspora, or who intend to work in a volunteer or professional capacity either in Haiti or with Haitians abroad.

This is a free, non-credit course and requires no formal enrollment.  Students should follow the syllabus and schedule of lectures and readings that are designed for two sessions per week, with 1 hour of study per day.  They may also proceed at their own pace. Professor Richman can be available to evaluate and examine students via skype/ichat or webclassroom. Contact her at krichman@nd.edu.

This course was also cross-listed as AFAM 35775, and ANTH 30012.

 

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Citation: Richman, K., admin. (2006, December 04). Creole Language and Culture. Retrieved July 26, 2014, from Notre Dame OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.nd.edu/romance-languages-and-literatures/creole-language-and-culture.
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