Haitian Creole/Kreyòl

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Language Learning for the Haitian Recovery - This blog is part of the Duke University course “Haitian Creole for Haitian Recovery,” which will provide those planning to travel to Haiti to help in relief efforts with an introduction to Haitian Creole and Haitian society and culture. The course was created and is taught by by Professor Deborah Jenson and graduate students Reginald Patterson and Laura Wagner.

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Haiti Lab

Founded in 2010 and concluded in Spring 2013, the Haiti Lab was the first humanities laboratory at the Franklin Humanities Institute. The lab merged research, education, and practical applications of innovative thinking for Haiti’s disaster recovery and for the expansion of Haitian studies in the U.S. and Haiti. Located at the FHI’s headquarters at the Smith Warehouse, the Haiti Lab took its inspiration from the collaborative and discovery-driven model of research laboratories. Undergraduate and graduate students worked with specialists in Haitian culture, history, and language on projects featuring vertical integration of Duke University expertise across disciplines and schools. The Haiti Lab is also a resource for media outlets seeking to gain knowledge of Haiti. See the Haiti Lab archive.

Duke Language Labs

  • 114 Languages Building (West Campus)
  • 101 Carr Building (East Campus)

The course description and placement guidelines that follow should help you choose the proper gateway course given your background. Kreyòl courses do fulfill the general education foreign language (FL) requirements. There are no AP, IB or SAT placement tests for Kreyòl.

If you have this background or experience:

You should take this course:

Elementary Creole - 100 level courses

  • No prior contact with Haitian Creole
Creole 101: Elementary Creole I - This class is designed to provide linguistic skills and cultural sensitization for potential participants who would like to make a difference in the rebuilding of Haiti. The class is geared toward learning the language for work in the following areas: health care, Haitian women’s rights issues, environment, and children’s rights. Students will be exposed to different aspects of Haitian culture through movies, proverbs, music (rasin), and games.
  • You have taken Creole 101
  • DukeEngage Experience in Haiti
Creole 102: Elementary Creole II - This class is designed to help students develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at the intermediate level. The linguistic aspect of Haiti will be explored through texts written by Haitian authors in Creole. Also the history of Haiti (1492-1804) will be explored. Students will be able to fully understand the linguistic and historical themes covered in the class through movies, proverbs, music (konpa), lectures, and films.

Intermediate Creole - 200 level courses

  • You have taken Creole II
  • You have familial background in Creole
Creole 203: Intermediate Creole - This course will help students achieve advanced intermediate fluency in Creole with a focus on improving their listening ability. Students will be exposed to contemporary events by using internet resources in Creole to get a deep insight into Haitian culture, literature, society, and religion. Students will also translate texts from English into Haitian Creole and vice-versa.


The DukeEngage program offers a program based in Miami, Florida that emphasizes empowering immigrant communities. The overall focus is on social justice, policy and program implementation. There is considerable opportunities for students to engage with Haitian Kreyol speakers through this program. For more information, visit: http://dukeengage.duke.edu/immersion-programs/domestic-programs/miami-fl.