In the following dual language videos, Michel DeGraff describes various aspects of how he taught 24.908 Creole Languages and Caribbean Identities.
View in English:
- Meet the Educator
- Inspiration for the Course
- Rooted in the Personal: Students’ Questions about Identity
- Unpacking Misconceptions about Creole Languages and Identities
- Sharing with Teachers to Promote Social Change
- Oral Presentations: Connecting Abstract Analyses to Lived Experiences
- Facilitating Meaningful Classroom Discussions
- Using Student Surveys to Customize Teaching
- Real-World Learning Outcomes
View in Creole:
- Brase lide ak edikatè a (Meet the Educator)
- Ki sa ki enspire kou a (Inspiration for the Course)
- Chache konprann ki moun nou ye: Kesyon etidyan yo sou idantite (Rooted in the Personal: Students’ Questions about Identity)
- Korije vye lide sou lang kreyòl e sou fòmasyon idantite (Unpacking Misconceptions about Creole Languages & Identities)
- Pataje ak anseyan pou ankouraje chanjman sosyal tou patou (Sharing with Teachers to Promote Social Change)
- Prezantasyon oral etidyan yo: Konekte analiz abstrè ak esperyans ke yo viv (Oral Presentations: Connecting Abstract Analyses to Lived Experiences)
- Entèvyou ak pwofesè a: Fasilite brase lide ki djanm nan sal klas (Facilitating Meaningful Classroom Discussions)
- Sèvi ak sondaj pami etidyan yo pou n byen kadre ansèyman an selon pwofil etidyan yo (Using Student Surveys to Customize Teaching)
- Enpak aprantisaj la nan lavi tou lè jou etidyan yo (Real-World Learning Outcomes)
In the following videos, two students share their experiences in 24.908 Creole Languages and Caribbean Identities.
José Esparza, MIT Student
Dalila Stanfield, Wellesley Student
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The students' grades were based on the following activities:
15% Essay 1
15% Essay 2
15% Essay 3
40% Essay 4 (20%) and oral presentation (20%)
15% Attendance & Participation
A rubric (PDF) was used to assess the essay assignments.
Breakdown by Year
Mostly juniors and seniors
Breakdown by Major
Linguistics, bio-engineering, earth science, mathematics, and materials science
Typical Student Background
Most students were from MIT; there were also visiting students from Wellesley. Many students were first generation Americans with parents or grandparents from Mauritius, India and Mexico, among other places. Students came to the course with the understanding that ideology around identities or identity politics are yet another “metaphor for power” (who belongs, who doesn’t belong).
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
- Met 1 time per week for 3 hours per session; 14 sessions total.
- Class sessions were discussion-based. Students also made oral presentations in which they connected course readings to their lived experiences.
Out of Class
- Students wrote essays and completed readings outside of class.