Curriculumn

Short-term Intensive Workshops

During short sessions lasting one, two or three weeks, students attend language classes and individual or small group tutoring sessions 4-5 hours per day. Classes are taught workshop-style and breakout sessions are organized for those learning specialized vocabulary (e.g., educators, lawyers and human rights workers, medical professionals, etc.). Participants are grouped by level (from absolute beginner to advanced collegiate levels); those with no Haitian Creole language background are assigned a personal tutor if needed. Language instruction is mixed with “cultural conversations” and instruction in practical matters such as how to negotiate at the market. Cultural excursions and field trips are also included.  Accommodations include a mix of university dorms (with hot water, laundry, internet and three meals per day included) and home-stays with local families, through private and family rooms are available. Participants are welcome to audit or take classes in social work, research methods, or social science for undergraduate or graduate university credit at the Enstiti Travay Sosyal ak Syans Sosyal. For those who have not yet mastered enough Creole to understand a university-level course, a select number of classes are offered in English or with English translation.

Long-term Intensive 

Researchers, doctoral students, development workers and missionaries who need to develop fluency in Creole are encouraged to attend the long-term program which meets for 2-5 months depending on the needs of the students. Classes start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month and include 15-20 hours of instruction per week plus housing. Students are invited to sit in on additional language classes if desired. Cultural excursions and field trips are also included. Accommodations include a mix of university dorms (with hot water, internet and laundry included) and home-stays with local families. Participants are welcome to audit or take classes in social work, research methods, or social science for undergraduate or graduate university credit at the Enstiti Travay Sosyal ak Syans Sosyal. For those who have not yet mastered enough Creole to understand a university-level course, a select number of classes are offered in English or with English translation.

Research Fellowship 

Designed for doctoral students conducting research who will be in Haiti for at least three months, the fellowship is structured to provide researchers with the support they need to complete qualitative and/or quantitative studies in Haiti. Research fellows receive at least eight hours of language instruction per week (and are welcome to sit in on additional classes if desired), office space, logistical support, business cards, a cell phone, housing, and access to research assistants, translators, focus group facilitators, and survey enumerators at no cost. Most fellows lecture for a graduate or undergraduate seminar in a social work or social science class during their stay.

Private and Semi-Private Classes 

Alumni living in Haiti as well as individuals who cannot attend a regularly scheduled class are welcome to arrange individual or small group language instruction. Most alumni opt for a weekly three hour class while new learners can arrange for half day or full day sessions at their home or office.