Creole & Francophone Courses
at the University of Florida
Assistant Professor: Benjamin Hebblethwaite, email@example.com
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The Gospel of Thomas in English, Haitian Creole and French, Classic Editions 2005
The picture above shows the Intermediate Haitian Creole
students who helped
design the first proto-type of Haitian Creole Scrabble® at the University of Florida
in the fall semester of 2007. They are, from left to right, Leticia Casseus, Daphney
Pascal, Altina Fenelon, Merline Dieujuste (front), Theresa Murray (back),
Rachel Lucas (back), Mynoucka Lafalaise (front), Lenhs Louis, Maisha Champagne,
and Emmanuel Fortune.
You are invited to read their essays on Yves Dejean's (2006) masterpiece
Yon lekòl tèt anba nan yon peyi tèt anba and Haitian Creole Scrabble at the link below:
University of Florida's Journal of Intermediate Haitian Creole
Also click on the links below to read Occaisional Papers written in Haitian Creole and English
by UF's incredible community of undergraduate and graduate Haitianists:
Joanne Bartley's 2008 essay, Malarya (Note: this essay was written as an Independent Study).
Katherine Warwick's 2008 essay, Yon revi de enjenyè Ayisyen (Note: this essay was
written as an Independent Study).
A Haitian woman carries a copy of the Haitian Creole Bible, Bib la, towards the alter
at a Catholic Mass in Banda Chita, a village in South-Eastern Haiti. The Haitian translation
of the Bible first appeared in 1985 with the spelling revised in 1999. Photo © Don Miller.
At UF we teach Standard Haitian Creole as found in Bib la.
(CV, Teaching Evaluations, Haitian Creole Translation of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
"I have a dream," Haitian Creole excerpts from the Dharmmapada, and more...)
The above photo shows the Palè Nasyonal, "the National Palace," which is the
seat of the Haitian government's executive branch. The Palè Nasyonal is located
in downtown Port-au-Prince and is currently occupied by President René Préval.
Photo © Ben Hebblethwaite.
Haitian Creole Syllabi:
(Find NEW SPRING 2005 UF Haitian Creole class syllabi at the links below)
First Semester Haitian Creole: HAI 1130.pdf
Second Semester Haitian Creole: HAI 1131.pdf
Forth Semester Haitian Creole: HAI 2201.pdf
HAI 3930 Haitian Culture and Socitey
Haitian Creole Promotional Flyer
In this photo a group of men gather under a tree to watch a gagè, "a cockfight."
Gagè are typically held on a weekly basis (usually on Saturday or Sunday). Men
gather at a gagè to watch their roosters fight, to bet money, to drink and to
smoke. The gagè is an important leisure activity where men can enjoy themselves.
Women only seem to venture into the realm of the gagè to sell food and drinks
to the men. The culture and terminology of the gagè are extensive.
This photo is from rural South-Eastern Haiti. Photo © Don Miller.
Haitian Creole Songbook:
(Find the lyrics to songs listened to in Haitian Creole classes at the link below)
First, Second, Third and Forth Semester Songbook
This photo shows a baker in Bèl Rivyè preparing his dough for baking. The device
he is using is designed to quickly flatten a large number of pieces. Photo © Don Miller.
Haitian Creole Class Notes: (Copyright © 2003 Benjamin Hebblethwaite)
(Find Haitian Creole class notes and supplemental materials at the links below)
First Semester Haitian Creole, Part 1 (PDF File) [Copyright 2004 Hebblethwaite - All non UF Creole instructors may use with permission]
HAI 1130 Exam I OCTOBER 4th, 2004 (.pdf)
HCI Exam II Review Notes (.pdf)[EXAM II REVIEW FOR 1ST SEMESTER HAITIAN CREOLE 11/10/2004]
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayti - Chapter 1 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 2 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 3 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 4 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 5 Vocabulary Notes
HCI Exam III Review Notes
HAI 1130 Final Exam Review.pdf [Exam on Wed., Dec. 15th at 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.]
Second Semester Haitian Creole (PDF File) [This is the updated version!!! Copyright 2004 Hebblethwaite - All non UF Creole instructors may use with permission]
HAI 1131 Exam I, February 14th, 2005 (.pdf)
HCII (HAI 1131) exam II review[EXAM II REVIEW FOR 2ND SEMESTER HAITIAN CREOLE 11/10/2004]
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 6 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 7 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 8 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 9 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 10 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 11 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 14 Vocabulary Notes
Ti Koze sou Istwa Peyi d Ayiti - Chapter 15 Vocabulary Notes
HCII (HAI 1131) final exam review.pdf [Exam on Mon., Dec 13th at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.]
Third Semester Haitian Creole, Part 1 (PDF File)
HC2200 Exam2 Review (PDF File) [Mouche Defas Review for Exam on 11/9/2004]
Fourth semester Haitian Creole (Spring 2005)
Exam I ~ Friday, February 9, 2005
Exam II ~ Wednesday, March 30th, 2005 [NEW!!!]
Final Exam (Exam III), Friday, April 29th 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. [NEW!]
HAI 3930: Haitian Culture and Society
HAI 3930 Midterm Notes (Quiz 1 & 2 and new stuff combined) (PDF file) [2/23/05]
HAI 3930 Midterm Notes (Quiz 1 & 2 and new stuff combined) (word file) [2/23/05]
HAI 3930 Final Exam Notes [NEW 4/14/2005]
This photo shows a small patch of farmland near Bèl Rivyè in South-Eastern Haiti. Note the
intermingling of crops and trees on this delicate parcel of land. Photo © Don Miller.
Haitian Creole Class Journals, Fall 2003:
This photo captures the scene after Mass outside of the chapel in Banda Chita
which is shown above in the uppermost photo. In Haiti female sellers set up food and
drink stands outside of churches on Sunday. In this photo they can be seen sitting under
the tree. Church goers socialize just outside the chapel and enjoy a cool beverage
or a snack before heading home. Notice how the woman in the white hat and
blue dress on the righthand side of the photo tenderly holds the younger man's hand
as she speaks with him. Holding hands is an important social practice and in the
rural context friendly feelings are enough for the gesture to emerge. Photo © Don Miller.
Haitian Creole Photographic Culture Module:
(This is an example of web-based instruction used in second semester Haitian Creole)
Public Haitian Creole: Graffiti, Advertising and other Messages: introduction
(a) Kilti ~ sitiyasyon fanm ann Ayiti
(b) Kilti ~ Mesay politik nan Ayiti 1
(c) Kilti ~ Mesay politik nan Ayiti 2
(d) Kilti ~ Mesay politik nan Ayiti 3
(e) Kilti ~ Piblisite ak lòt mesay ann Ayiti
Communicative follow up activity
This photo shows a view of the port city, Miragwann, which is located just 20
miles or so South of Port-au-Prince. The port in Miragwann serves as an important
auxilliary to Port-au-Prince's large import/export operations. The white structure
in the center of the photo is Miragwann's town hall. Notice that two friends are
shooting the breeze on the porch of the photo development studio. Photo © Don Miller.
This photo shows a cemetery located in South-Eastern Haiti. Notice that Haitians
tend to bury their dead in graves that are above the ground. Families will often purchase
a family tomb with separate compartments for individual members. This photo
calls to mind the Haitian proverb: Bèl antèman pa di paradi, "A beautiful
burial doesn't mean (the dead will go to) paradise," i.e. T'is better to live right than
to have the right burial.
Haitian Creole Comics:
(The link below will take you to Tim Markello's short comic. Comics could play an important part in the Haitian Creole literacy movement, but few exist)
Ekstraterès (Copyright © 2003 Tim Markello)
More coming soon...
This photo features one of Haiti's most beloved statues. The statue of the Nèg Mawon,
'The Maroon Warrior,' honors the many Haitians who fled from slavery during
French colonial rule. These freedom fighters formed into armed units and took refuge
in remote mountainous regions. They raided and attacked plantations and colonial
outposts. They are seen as the founding fighters of Haitian independence, won in 1804.
In the statue, the warrior blows into a conch shell with his left hand in order to
communicate with other warriors. In his right hand he grips his weapon, a manchèt,
"machete." The statue is found in Port-au-Prince. Photo © Ben Hebblethwaite.
(The links below lead to UF sites related to Haitian Creole, the Caribbean and Latin American Studies)
Go to Benjamin Hebblethwaite's Haitian Creole Homepage
Go to Kiran Jayaram's Haitian Creole Homepage (Coming soon)
Back to the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures' Haitian Creole Page
Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida
Important Haitian Creole and French-based Creole Links:
(The links below lead to external sites related to Haitian Creole, the Caribbean and Latin American Studies)
Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University
The Indiana University Creole Institute
Voice of America in Haitian Creole (Listen to the news in Haitian Creole daily) [Listen to Creole Live!]
UMass Boston Summer Institute in Haitian Creole
Radyo Ginen [Listen to Creole Live!]
Radio France Internationale in Martiniquan Creole [Listen to Creole Live!]
Television Nationale d'Haiti
Haitian Online Businesses
Sakapfet.com [Premier Haitian-American website for chat, shopping and news. Excellent customer service. Highly recommended]
Delta Records NYC [Great selection, good service]
hebble @ ufl edu
Last updated on September 19th, 2006
Grenadye alaso, sa ki mouri zafè a yo!
Boulèt fè se pousyè ~ Kapwa Lamò