University of Notre Dame


LLRO 10112: Beginning Creole

Creole is spoken by an estimated 17 million people on former French colonial posession islands of the Caribbean and the western Indian Ocean and in the countries where many of these former island residents have emigrated, including the United States, Canada, France, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. Creole language courses provide a valuable 11.5 million speakers. Creole language and literature are of increasing interest in the dynamic field of Francophone studies and has also become a major area of study in the field of linguistics, especially in the area of language evolution, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology. This six-credit introductory course combines traditional classroom and online instruction and balances both spoken and written Creole, as well as reading and listening.