Introduction to essential elements of Haitian Creole or Kreyòl language and aspects of Haitian culture. First of two-semester sequence of elementary Haitian Creole or Kreyòl, the course provides practice in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, culturally contextualized through units on health care, Haitian women's rights issues, and unpaid child servants (restavèk). Students will acquire enough vocabulary and idioms to be able to interact with Haitians. Language instruction will be complemented through additional class meetings with the co-Director of the Haiti Lab and submission of a paper in Creole on aspects of students' Haiti-related research. Taught in Creole. No prerequisite.