Haitian-Creole is one of the two official languages of Haiti and has more than 10 million speakers. It is spoken widely in Haiti throughout the Caribbean basin, among Haitian-Americans in the United States, Canada, and France etc. It is recognized as an official French based Creole language in the Caribbean.  

Studying Haitian-Creole as a foreign Language will equip with essential communication skills to work in professional fields in healthcare, social research, counseling, management, education, public service, business, engineering, social services, art, history, construction, translation and interpreting in Haiti and among the Haitian Community.  

Through your Haitian-Creole studies at KU you be exposed to the rich Haitian Culture through Haitian Movies, music, art, cuisines, games, literature, history, religion , philosophies, and rich oral tales.


African and African-American Studies Department and the Institute of Haitian Studies offers courses in Haitian Creole at four levels. The elementary Haitian-Creole courses are offered online. The online courses prepare students for high global competency through professional-level proficiency in Haitian-Creole. The intermediate & advanced courses are offered face to face.

All the Haitian-Creole courses are designed according to the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, and the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines and they adopt the backward curriculum design framework.  We use a student centered approach, and the courses adopt the communicative and interactive teaching approaches to develop ability in listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural awareness.

For more information about our Haitian-Creole course offerings, and our African and African Diasporic Languages Minor see the AAAS Haitian-Creole Language Flyer

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