Spring 2017

Are you interested in gaining more knowledge of Haitian Creole or improving your speaking and writing skills? The Embassy of Haiti is offering free Beginner and Intermediate Creole classes.

The 6 week course is designed specifically for adults, and will be taught by Dr. Marie Marcelle Racine assisted by Mrs. Regine Duroska-Murray and Mr. James Murray. Classes will take place at the Embassy of Haiti on Saturday morning from May 13th, 2017 to June 17th, 2017 from 9:00 am until noon, as per the calendar, below:

Saturday, May 13th
Saturday, May 20th
Saturday, May 27th
Saturday, June 3rd
Saturday, June 10th
Saturday, June 17th

How to register:

  • Do not respond to this message. Instead, please send an email to
  • Indicate your level (beginner or intermediate) in the subject line.
  • Provide your full name, telephone number and email address, your affiliated institution and position.
  • Briefly indicate your past experience (if any) in Creole, and what motivates you to take this class.
  • Class capacity: 50 students, so register early!

Registration deadline: Friday, May 5th 2017

Out of consideration for others, we ask that you register only if you can commit to the full schedule.

About the teachers:

Dr. Marie Marcelle B. Racine is Professor Emeritus of French and Linguistics at the University of the District of Columbia. She has served the University in various capacities, including Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. She is also a charter member of the Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen, the legislated organization serving as the official authority on the Haitian Creole language. Dr. Racine received her M.A. in Romance Languages from Howard University and her Ph.D. in French and Linguistics from Georgetown University.

Mrs. Regine Duroska- Murray is a court-certified legal interpreter and translator working primarily in Haitian Creole, French and English, and secondarily in Spanish. She has a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies and is currently a student at the University of Maryland in the department of Graduate Studies in Interpreting and Translation (GSIT).

Mr. James Murray is an Associate Professor at Montgomery College in the Department of the American English Language Program, Linguistics, and Communication. He has an M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Florida International University. He is the educational resource specialist for the course.

Address of the Embassy:
2311 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008