French remains the language of the affluent and privileged in Haiti, often used n polite society such as the upscale Supermarkets high above the capital's shanty towns, selling brie and baguettes. Many Haitian parents are often willing to let their children stumble in their coursework just to learn a language that even their teachers barely speak. Creole on the other hand is seen by some as the language of the impoverished masses
Miami-Dade offers courses in Haitian Creole at several levels. The introductory class HAI2340 explores basics of writing, focusing on punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and vocabulary. HAI2341 is for improving fluency in writing in Haitian-Creole for those wishing to become translators.
HAT2802 is for academics interested in discovering syntax and semantics of Haitian-Creole and English languages. HCW2020 is also for academics that want an understanding of Haitian-Creole literature within the context of Haitian culture and history.
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Here is the Haitian senator from North of Haiti, Moise Jean-Charles speaking in French. There has been a lot of critics about the ability of the senator to express himself into the French Language.
There is a general understanding in Haiti if you are unable to speak French therefore you are not educated or smart.
Senator Moise Jean Charles has become a controversial figure in Haitian politic as he is in opposition to the government of Michel Martelly. He has accused the government for corruption and others.
A survey conducted recently found the Creole language has been gaining ground in the United States. The result indicated that the use of Creole language has increased by 73 percent since 2000. This is a figure that seems to shock many Americans, but not Haitians. The Creole language is now the 10th most common language spoken at Home in United States, other than English.
The Haitian presence in the US has been felt in so many ways, although it has been hard to come up with an accurate figure due to their legal status in the country. This group of immigrant has been very active in the American politic. The hold many elected positions in their city, district or state.
Most of the Creole speaking immigrants are found in in Little Haiti, North Miami and in Broward County and Palm Beaches in Florida. There are also many Haitian Creole speaker throughout the country in places such as New York and Boston
In 1982, Haiti started a major overhaul in the educational system based on the recommendation of the Haitian professor Joseph C. Bernard (1917 - 2005). He advocated the introduction of Haitian Creole as a language of instruction and a second language is taught in cycles of primary and secondary education for a period of 5 years minimum.
One of the main objectives of his system was to achieve a functional bilingualism after three cycles of elementary school and to achieve that, a language program was developed--both vernacular and second language. Creole was the first choice as the vernacular language of instruction in the five years of basic or primary education and French was taught as a foreign or second language and language of instruction.
There was always an obvious question hanging before-- why the choice of second language did not consider English or Spanish when they too have equal global openings and opportunities. The Reformation Bernard was not very successful because lack of good teaching material and trained teaching staff in Creole.
The two Official languages of Haiti are: French, spoken by a small group and Creole spoken by the entire population.
It has been one of Haiti's official languages since 1987 and is the first language of about 95 percent of Haitians, especially in rural areas.
Haitian Creole is a French-based vernacular language that developed in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Haitian Creole developed primarily on the sugarcane plantations of Haiti from contacts between French colonists and African slaves.
Haitian Creole is spoken by about twelve million people, which includes the entire population of Haiti and close to four million people of Haitian descent residing in the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Ivory Coast, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Venezuela.
The legitimacy of Haitian Creole has long been debated within the Creole-speaking population of the losing side. Considered little more than the bastard child of French and African languages, Creole came about when slaves, unable to communicate in one African Language, adopted and adapted the common French of their masters, retaining much of the grammar from their African tongues. Profession of linguistics at MIT Michel DeGraff asserts that, while the language is made up of approximately 90% French, its beginnings are the same as that of old languages like English and French.
This is Lyonel Trouillot who was born in Port-au-Prince , Haiti , on 31 December 1956.
He is a novelist and poet expressions Creole and French.
Lyonel Trouillot studied law due to family pressure but soon realized that his passion was in writing literature. He is a regular writer in several newspapers in the country. Poet, he also published many poems. some of his works are put into music such as song lyrics for artists like Manno Charlemagne and Tambou Libète. Plolitically, he was also involved in several fights to restore democracy in Haiti. He was made Chevalier of Arts and Letters in June 2010 .