Syllabus for Haitian Creole 2201, Spring 2010, UF
Silabis pou kreybl ayisyen. Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Assistant Professor: Ben Hebblethwaite, Ph.D.
Office locations: 363 Dauer Hall or the LLC office at Pugh 301
Office hours: Fridays from 12:45-3:45 p.m.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class website: http://web.clas.ufl.edu/users/hebble/
Equal rights statement: All activities in this class are open
to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race,
creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual
orientation, marital status, national origin, political
opinions or affiliations.
Our objective is to help develop your proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and
listening in Haitian Creole. Our goal is to accomplish this in a classroom setting where
communicative, form-focused and meaningful activities activate learning. In addition to the
instruction of Haitian Creole through books, lectures and discussions, the instruction of Haitian
culture, society and especially music (konpa, rasin, twoubadou, rap, raga, levanjil, vodou
tradisyonNl, etc.) are an important part of the class experience. The playing and testing of Haitian
Creole Scrabble is also an important activity in this class.
NO CELL PHONES; NO NEWSPAPERS; NO BEEPERS; NO GADGETS; NO
SLEEPING... but please enjoy eating, drinking and speaking Creole!
All these textbooks (except the packet) are available at: GTI textbooks at the Creekside
Mall [3501 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32607-2866; (352) 374-4500]
1. Desmarattes, Lionel & Hebblethwaite, Benjamin (eds.). 2010. Woben Lakwa.
Gainesville: Classic Editions. [THIS IS A COPY PACKET FOR SALE AT University
Copy on University Blvd.]
2. Anonymous. 1999. Bib la. Port-au-Prince: Soci6t6 Biblique Haitienne.
3. Charlemagne, Manno. 2006. Manno Charlemagne: 30 ans de chansons. Port-au-Prince:
4. Joseph, Rony. 2009. Pale kare: dizon ayisyen pou tout okazyon. Coconut Creek: Educa
Rimbaud, Arthur. 2009. Une saison en enfer / Yon sezon matchyavNl. Hebblethwaite, Benjamin
& Jacques Pierre, eds. Gainesville: Classic Editions.
Valdman, Albert. 2007. Haitian Creole-English Bilingual Dictionary. Bloomington, Indiana:
(1) 10 % = Homework. MUST BE TYPED (3/4 page minimum, double-spaced). LATE
WORK ACCEPTED with a 10% "late fee assessment" EXCEPT IF A MEDICAL OR
EMERGENCY DOCUMENT (INCLUDING PHONE NUMBER) IS STAPLED TO THE
HOMEWORK WHEN SUBMITTED.
(2) 15 % = Essays/Written assignments. MUST BE TYPED (1 full page, double-spaced).
LATE WORK ACCEPTED with a 10% "late fee assessment" EXCEPT IF A MEDICAL OR
EMERGENCY DOCUMENT (INCLUDING PHONE NUMBER) IS STAPLED TO THE
WORK SUBMITTED. Your essays must be typed with accents. You will lose points if it is late.
Paper must be typed, .12 font, double-spaced with 1 inch margins on all sides, and a 1 page
minimum in length.
The Final Version is the corrected version of parts 1-4. You must use a dictionary to
correct the misspelled words in your essays. You must submit the graded parts 1-4
with the Final Version. You must highlight or type in boldface type all your
(3) 15 % = Upto 7 Quizzes. NO MAKE UP QUIZZES. Many of these are POP-QUIZZES!
Quizzes cannot be made up for any reason whatsoever but they can be excused with an
(4) 10 % = 2 Class Presentations. NO MAKE UP FOR THE PRESENTATIONS EXCEPT IF
A MEDICAL OR EMERGENCY EXCUSE INCLUDING PHONE NUMBER IS
SUBMITTED. Presentations are based on the reading for the day you sign up for. You are
graded on your ability to give an engaging presentation where you make regular eye-contact with
the audience. You cannot simply read. You may use note cards.
(5) 20 % = Participation. Based on your punctual arrival, your attendance, on your classroom
volunteerism and cooperation, on your willingness to practice Haitian Creole and on your
comportment and treatment of others. If you are chronically late or absent, this will negatively
affect your participation numbers. Roll call occurs at the beginning of class. Note: if you're
not there at roll call, you're ABSENT. Distraction by gadgets, outside homework,
newspapers, etc., is considered an absence.
(6) 15 % = Midterm Exam
(7) 15 % = Final Exam
Total: 100%. Your grade is based on the sum total of your scores in the above 7 categories.
Recommended listening in Haitian Creole:
The Voice of America from Washington D.C. Uncle Sam three times a day in Haitian Creole.
VOA in Creole is an AWESOME resource. Mesi Tonton Sam!
Other reference works.
Shapiro, Norma and Jayme Adelson-Goldstein. 1999. The Oxford Picture Dictionary,
English/Haitian Creole. New York: Oxford. ISBN 0-19-435195-5
Valdman, Albert. 1996. Learner's Dictionary of Haitian Creole. Bloomington, IN: Creole
Institute. [English-Haitian dictionary with 8,000 entries.]
Freeman, Bryant and Laguerre, Jowel. 2002. Haitian -English Dictionary, 4th Edition.
Lawrence, Kansas: Institute of Haitian Studies. [Haitian-English dictionary with 46,000
entries.] [All the words from your readings will be in this dictionary (Go to
LATE POLICY: UNLESS YOU HAVE AN EXCUSE NOTE FROM A CAREGIVER
(PARENT) OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, WORK SUBMITTED AFTER THE
START OF THE CLASS THE DAY IT IS DUE IS CONSIDERED LATE. LATE WORK
IS SUBJECT TO A 10% 'LATE FEE.' EVEN IF YOUR WORK IS LATE, MAKE
SURE YOU TURN IN ALL WORK. LATE WORK CAN ONLY BE TURNED IN
DURING THE NEXT (OR IN A FUTURE) CLASS. NO MISSED QUIZ CAN BE RE-
TAKEN; HOWEVER, IF YOU SUBMIT A VALID EXCUSE NOTE, THE MISSED
QUIZ WILL NOT COUNT AGAINST YOU.
Students are expected to attend class daily. Each class missed will impact the
participation score of a student (20% of the total grade). Absences very often impact the quiz
score, among others.
For example, if you attend 38/42 classes, you attendance participation score will be
38/42. There are no unexcused absences.
Working together communicatively
Since this class takes a communicative approach to the instruction of Haitian Creole,
finding the right balance between listening, reading, taking notes and talking with your partners
is an important part of working together. In order to maximize on the variety of in-class partners,
students should expect to work with different partners. Sometimes you will be asked to pair
with a new person. The communicative approach assumes that each student will provide
instructional input and feedback to her or his fellow classmates.
Guidelines for the essay in 4 parts. Write an in-depth publishable Haitian Creole essay
Discuss how the current readings are important or relevant to humans in general and
Haitians in particular. Pick apart the plot and characters; unveil what the authors are trying to
say. Pursue an argument, develop constructive criticism. Discuss ideas, style, technique,
approach, perspective, themes, dimensions and geometry of the texts. Talk about what universal
messages are in the text. Criticize weaknesses in the books. Praise strengths. Avoid writing in the
first person, e.g. "Mwen panse..." "M kwe" except in your concluding remarks.
You must write your essay using STANDARD HAITIAN CREOLE spelling as found in
the works we read. NON-STANDARD SPELLING RESULTS IN A LOWERING OF YOUR
GRADE. See Valdman's (2007) dictionary (at Smathers Latin American Library "Counter K").
Each of the 4 essays must be AT LEAST a 1 page in length. It must be typed. You are
expected to use a dictionary, especially one of those recommended in this syllabus. You may
also ask a native speaker to look over your work and offer suggestions; HOWEVER, you must
be able to translate every word in your essay into English without a dictionary.
You must do your own work.
UF has no tolerance plagiarists, i.e. they flunk.
IMPORTANT: The FINAL VERSION is the corrected version of installments 1-4. You
must turn the final version in stapled with the corrected versions. You must also highlight
or boldface all of your corrections. Failure to do so will result in the lowering of your final
Essays must be typed and double-spaced with 1 inch margins.
A paper version must be submitted in person. I DO NOT ACCEPT E-MAIL
Times New Roman .12 font must be used with appropriate accents (handwritten accents
are not accepted).
In order to type accents in Microsoft Word follow these guidelines with you computer
1) For e: Push Ctrl + at the same time (' is the key with on
top), let go and next push e and this produces e
2) For 6: Push Ctrl + at the same time, let go and next push o
and this produces b
3) For A: Push Ctrl + at the same time, let go and next push a
and this produces a
Citations from outside sources (printed or electronic) are strongly recommended and should be
accompanied by appropriate bibliographical references. Example:
Author. Year of publication. Title of book. City of publisher: Publisher.
Article in journal, magazine, etc.:
Author. Year of publication. Title of article. Name of source, Issue of publication, pages
Class web site
A web site is presently available to students. Under the section "Class Notes" you will
find all class notes available in a PDF file. Links to Haitian Creole internet radio programs, a
Haitian Creole comic, a translation of Martin Luther King, Jr., and more are available. Students
are urged to make use of the supplemental material. Reviewing class notes can be excellent exam
review. Point your browser to:
Academic Honesty Guidelines
Academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community. An
academic honesty offense is defined as the act of lying, cheating, or stealing academic
information so that one gains academic advantage. Any individual who becomes aware of a
violation of the Honor Code is bound by honor to take corrective action.
Violations of the Academic Honesty Guidelines include but are not limited to:
C hir-lig. The improper taking or tendering of any information or material which shall be
used to determine academic credit. Taking of information includes copying graded homework
assignments from another student; working with another individuals) on graded assignments or
homework; looking or attempting to look at notes, a text, or another student's paper during an
Plagiarism. The attempt to represent the work of another as the product of one's own
thought, whether the other's work is oral or written (including electronic), published or
unpublished. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, quoting oral or written materials without
citation on written materials or in oral presentations; submitting work produced by an on-line
translation service or the translation feature of an on-line dictionary as your own.
Misrepresentation. Any act or omission with intent to deceive a teacher for academic
advantage. Misrepresentation includes lying to a teacher to increase your grade; lying or
misrepresenting facts when confronted with an allegation of academic honesty.
Bribery, Conspiracy, Fabrication. For details see below.
The UF Honor Code states:
"We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves
andour peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity."
On all work submitted for credit the following pledge is either required or implied:
"On my honor I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this
Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action according to the judicial
For more details go to: http://ww.dso.ufl.edu/iudicial/academic.htm
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Phone (352) 392-1261 (V), 392-3008 (TDD)
For stress, emotional and psychological support, please contact the Counseling Center at:
301 Peabody Hall
Phone (352) 392-1575
If you need this syllabus in an alternate format, please speak to Ben.
Haitian Creole 2201, Ben Hebblethwaite, hebble(,ufl.edu
Spring, 2010, schedule & assignments.
Web site: http://web.clas.ufl.edu/users/hebble/
Wednesday, January 6
Friday, January 8
Monday, January 11
Wednesday, January 13
Friday, January 15
Monday, January 18
Wednesday, January 20
Friday, January 22
Monday, January 25
Wednesday, January 27
Friday, January 29
Monday, February 1
Wednesday, February 3
Friday, February 5
Monday, February 8
Wednesday, February 10
Friday, February 12
Monday, February 15
Wednesday, February 17
Friday, February 19
Monday, February 22
Wednesday, February 24
Woben Lakwa, chapit 1; Charlemagne, Lapli
Woben Lakwa, chapit 2; Charlemagne, Grann
Woben Lakwa, chapit 3; Charlemagne, Charabya
Woben Lakwa, chapit 4; Devwa 1: Ki moun ou ve/Ki moun ki
Woben Lakwa? (Konpare ou menm ak li); Charlemagne,
NO CLASS IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Woben Lakwa, chapit 5; Charlemagne, Pouki;
Woben Lakwa, chapit 6; Charlemagne, Zanj; Essay 1: Woben
Woben Lakwa, chapit 7; Charlemagne, Ti Manman
Woben Lakwa, chapit 8; Charlemagne, Dyalog
Woben Lakwa, chapit 9; Devwa 2: Ki sa ou vie fe nan lavi a?
Kisa Woben Lakwa vie f* nan lavi a?; Charlemagne, Grangou
Woben Lakwa, chapit 10; Charlemagne, Jw&t la
Woben Lakwa, chapit 11; Charlemagne, Tralala;
Joseph, pp. 9 57 (Revize espresyon krey6l yo); Charlemagne, Fil
Woben Lakwa, chapit 12; Charlemagne, Nwel;
Essay 2 (Woben Lakwa)
Woben Lakwa, chapit 13; Charlemagne, Manman (Oganizasyon)
Woben Lakwa, chapit 14; Charlemagne, Zanmi
Woben Lakwa, chapit 15; Devwa 3: Ki sa ou kwe? Ki filozofi ou
genyen? Kisa Woben Lakwa kwe? Charlemagne, Ayitipaford
Woben Lakwa, chapit 16; Charlemagne, Trans&t rekot kafe
Woben Lakwa, chapit 17-d&nye mo; Charlemagne, Malere;
Joseph, pp. 57 83;: Essay 3 (bay von ti rezime sou tout gwo
pwen ki nan liv Woben Lakwa epi korije ak konekte ese 1 ak 2).
Charlemagne, Pouki sa wpa pale manman;
MIDTERM EXAM I
Friday, February 26
Monday, March 1
Wednesday, March 3
Friday, March 5
Liv Este chapit 1-4; Charlemagne, T&t kole;
Liv Este chapit 5- 10; Joseph, pp. 84 149; Charlemagne, Ban m
yon ti limy;
Jenez, chapit 1 end of 7; Charlemagne, Oganizasyon mondyal
JenLz, chapit, 8 end of 15; Charlemagne, Enmi de klas;
SPRING BREAK MARCH 6-13
Monday, March 15
Wednesday, March 17
Friday, March 19
Monday, March 22
Wednesday, March 24
Friday, March 26
Monday, March 29
Wednesday, March 31
Friday, April 2
Monday, April 5
Wednesday, April 7
Friday, April 9
Monday, April 12
Wednesday, April 14
Friday, April 16
Monday, April 19
Wednesday, April 21
Rit, chapit 1 end of 4; Charlemagne, Lan male m ye;
Joseph, pp. 150 197; Charlemagne, Granmit;
Pwoveb, chapit 10 end of 17; Charlemagne, Lamayot, Lepoukwa
le koman ;
Joseph, pp. 198 243; Charlemagne, Vase san, ti moun;
Kantik, chapit 1 end of 8; Charlemagne, Reyinyon konbit, enmi
jire; Devwa 4: Si on te Salomon, ki sa ou ta fV? Ki kalite
Wa/Ren ou ta ye?
Ezayi, chapit 1 end of 6 ; Charlemagne, Pran batwNl, N a sispann
Ezayi, chapit, 7 end of 12; Charlemagne, Pot drapo
Essay 4 (Ezavi) ;
Joseph, pp. 244 262; Charlemagne, Elouwe, Lafimen;
DanyNl, chapit 1 end of 5; Charlemagne, Defile, Legzil
Mak, chapit 1 end of 6; Charlemagne, Ya bezwen mwen do
m lay, Dwa de l6m vyewo
Mak, chapit 7 end of 10; Charlemagne, Grann
Joseph, pp. 263 298; Charlemagne, Magouye
Mak, chapit 11 end of 13; Charlemagne, Sedye, anwo mbn nan;
Mak, chapit 14 end of 16;
FINAL EXAM PREPARATION PRESENTATIONS
FINAL EXAM PREPARATION PRESENTATIONS
FINAL EXAM; Final draft of your essay (Essay 1 4 corrected,
improved, changes bold-faced).