The goal of HARWA’s Language Department is to teach our pupils to express themselves in speaking and writing Kreyòl (their parents’ vernacular language,) French, and English effectively. Since a wide range of literature, including Haitian and Afrikan cartoons, are only available in the French and English, our classroom activities, extracurricular activities, as well as study materials will selectively be assigned in these three languages. Pupils are to show eagerness to learn and to become proficient through cogent research, presentation, and brilliant rhetorical activities. Every level must take language classes, especially in English or French.
HARWA effectively teaches the philology of the Kreyòl language, its literary structure, composition, patterns of influence and modes of expression. Also, pupils are taught to understand its history, its causes, psychology, neuropsychology, and the search for harmony with its speakers; to express ideas and perspectives clearly. Through extensive reading and intensive writings, pupils become more profoundly attuned with the literary expressions, which allows them to explore the richness of the Kreyòl language. Pupils pay frequent visits to the library so to acquaint themselves with new technologies and resources.
Levels 1-6 engage in intensive writing in Kreyol, twice a week. They learn how to effectively articulate, and show competency through the technical use of orthography, syntax, semantics and word roots, generative grammar, etc. Although there is no test to prove proficiency in Kreyòl at the end of level 6, the HARWA Kreyòl Magazine may recruit pupils who have shown interest and expertise in the Kreyòl language, engaged in independent work in Kreyòl, to be part of its editorial and columnist team when they reach level 11 and 12.
From Levels 1-6, the HARWA pupil primarily studies in French while also learns English intensively. Thus, at the completion of year 6, an English Proficiency Exam (EPE) is administered in order to evaluate readiness for the proceeding levels.
The HARWA Magazine editor, columnists, and any pupil who writes a book in Kreyòl, are bestowed the “Certificate of Competence” at graduation commencement.
In Level 12 the pupil now arrives at a final module. He attends an English Seminar, which focuses on cognitive grammatical systems, lexical semantics, psychosemantics, neurolinguistic programming (NLP,) patterns of influence, neurolinguistics and the Haitian diaspora.
Spanish, French literature, and Western Philosophy are also taught at HARWA, solely to enable pupils to meet required national exams criteria.
The HARWA School offers Latin, which allows the HARWA pupil who are interested in translating Latin texts and thereby obtain a wider understanding of word roots and compound words.
While nonverbal skills constitute a huge part of our curriculum, verbal communications skills are widely thought from levels 1-12. Many exercises are carried out through the uses of Compact Discs, videos, PowerPoint presentations, This is done by using modern technical tools which are but inherently relevant to HARWA’s philosophy.
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