Frequently Asked Questions
When can I start taking classes?
Short-term intensive programs typically begin on the first and third Monday of each month, however start-dates can be adjusted on a case-by-case basis. Private tutoring, distance learning, and other services are all scheduled according to individual availability and needs.
Are courses and services only for English speakers?
No! We have a multi-lingual team of instructors who are able to offer Creole instruction, interpretation, translation, and guided tours in English, Spanish, and French.
Where are classes held?
Pale Dlololo is conveniently located in Berthe, Petion-Ville, just a 5 minute walk from Plas Bwaye. Students living and working in Haiti may prefer to take classes at their own home or office. We are happy to work to accommodate such requests on a case-by-case basis.
Are your intensive programs only for beginners?
No! Whether you have never spoken a word of Creole before, have previously taken classes but want a refresher, or are a heritage speaker just looking for more formal training, Pale Dlololo is happy to accommodate you. On the first day of classes, all students undergo a brief assessment to determine proficiency level. Small groups are formed by level to ensure that instruction is appropriately tailored and that each individual will be challenged to meet his/her language learning goals.
What level of proficiency can I expect after taking classes with Pale Dlololo?
All language learners are different, and we encourage students to be patient with themselves as they embark on the challenge of learning a new language! That said, we will provide you with the tools necessary to meet your language learning goals. Beginner classes are designed to provide students with the building blocks of grammar, sentence structure, pronunciation, and vocabulary so that they can begin to engage in basic conversations with Creole speakers. Students at the intermediate level, who have had some exposure to Haitian Creole before, can expect to expand their vocabulary, improve comprehension, reading, and writing skills, and deepen conversations and interactions. Those with more advanced proficiency will engage in conversations on more complex topics and move into more intricate nuances of grammar, colloquial speech, and socio-cultural contexts. Teaching methods and resources at all levels are designed to maximize comprehension and language retention, and allow students to deepen their understanding of Haiti, navigate daily interactions on their own, and work effectively in Creole speaking communities.
What is included in the tuition cost?
Tuition for short- and long- term intensive courses includes 20-25 hours per week of small-group classroom instruction, experiential learning opportunities such as visits to local markets and adventures on public transportation, and one field trip per week to historical and cultural sites in the Port-au-Prince area. All books and learning resources are provided during class time and available for purchase for those who would like to keep them. WiFi and a pool are available for student use during breaks.
Are meals included?
Tuition rates do not include meals, however lunch can be provided at a rate of $5 per day. A full kitchen with refrigerator is available for students who would prefer to bring their own lunch, or we are happy to recommend one of the many restaurants within walking distance. Limited room and board accommodations are also available on a first come, first serve basis. Contact us for more information.
What types of field trips do you take?
Field trips are designed to provide insight into Haitian history and culture, since these are fundamental to understanding the nuances of the language. Previous field trips have included visits to Fort Jaques, the artists' village in Croix des Bouquets, and the Musée National d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince. Some groups have also opted to visit locations of particular interest to their work such as local hospitals and clinics. Haiti is full of incredible sites to explore, and these locations are a great way to gain a deeper connection with the country and with the Haitian Creole language.
Additional guided tours and other services are available for students and non-students upon request. Please visit www.paledlololoinstitute.com/additional-services for more information.
What is a typical schedule like?
Short- and long-term intensive classes are generally held on Monday-Friday from 9am - 3:30pm. Two short breaks plus a 2 hour lunch break are provided. Field trip days may begin earlier and/or end later, depending on the destination, and weekends are free (additional trips can be arranged on weekends upon request). Private tutoring and online sessions vary depending on individual availability and language goals, but tend to meet one-three times per week for 1-2 hours per session.
Do you offer discounts?
Discounted rates are available for groups of 5 or more. Contact us for more information.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Payment can be made either in cash (USD or HTG) or via PayPal.
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