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Slide 1– Dear Learners, our logo, the logo of MGI-APPLE.org, indicates that Mother Mary under the title ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Help,’ still watches over her children in Haiti. Millions of them are disciples of her Son Jesus. The two torches represent all Haitians with their shades of skin color. At the bottom of the logo, blossoms the hibiscus, our national flower. 38 seconds.
Slide 2– Next to the photo, a quote from the Bible says: “All things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark chapter 9, verse 23. Indeed, if you firmly decide to learn to read and write, you certainly will. Nothing can hold you back. 25s
Slide 3– Let’s start by studying the letters of the alphabet. Knowing the alphabet is the very foundation of knowing how to read and write. Like the French alphabet, the English alphabet contains 26 letters. The large letters are called uppercase letters or capital letters. The small letters are called lowercase letters. Remember! uppercase or capital letters, and lowercase letters.
Listen! To write is to trace the image of letters. So take a good look at each letter and its image, and trace it the same way.
A computer hand will soon guide you in writing; the hand will show you how to trace each letter. The hand can often waver, hesitate. It's in the nature of an Internet indicator to waver, but you Learners, place your sheet of paper, your notebook on a solid support: a table, a board, a desk, and write with a steady hand.
One more advice: note right now that what is called proper names, that is to say: first names, family names, names of countries, cities, regions, lakes, oceans, seas for example, always begin with a large letter, a capital letter, unlike the names of common objects which begin with a small letter, a lowercase letter. 2m00s
Slide 4-Remember also, that for people, the family name is more important than the given name. For example, if someone is called Albert familiarly, he will be classified under A in these lessons. But Albert Berenson, for example, would be classified under the letter B; Albert and Alberta Berenson would also be classified under B. Little Albert Germain however, would be classified under the letter G. So the family name takes precedence over the given name. Understood? 50s
Let's go on!
Slide 5- Here is the letter A a the first letter of the English alphabet. Capital letter A is made up of two bars that touch at the top, and a transverse bar. It is capital A as in Alma, the name of this young lady, A as in Jean Appolon, successful choreographer and master teacher of Haitian folkloric dance, based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. These names begin with the capital letter A.
The lowercase letter a is formed by a circle and a bar attached to the circle. We make the circle, we raise our hand to make the bar. It is small a as in (Haitian) apricot, small a as in alligator. These words begin with the lowercase letter a. Learners, take a close look at the layout of all the letters, and do the same in single lignes. 2m 00s
Slide 6- Now, our learners, draw yourselves on your sheet of paper, in your notebook, the capital letter A, two slanted bars that touch at the top and a transverse bar; and now lowercase a, a circle and a small bar attached to the circle. We make the circle, we raise our hand to make the bar. 1m 50s
Slide 7- Here is the letter B b; Capital B consists of a vertical bar and two curves joined to the bar. It’s capital B.
This is the picture of a building that resembles that of the ‘College Raymonde Colimon Boisson,’ one of the best schools in Haiti in its time. It is also capital B as in James Brown, the late American singer and performer. The names Boisson, Brown begin with the capital letter B.
Now the small b, lowercase b is formed by a small vertical bar and a circle attached to the bar. We make the bar, we raise our hand to make the circle. It's lowercase b as in baby, broom, butterfly. 2m 00s
Slide 8- Trace, trace the letter B b yourselves now. Capital B: a vertical bar and two curves joined to the bar. And lowercase b, a small bar and a circle attached to the bar. 1m 40s
Slide 9-You must have noticed the solid lines and the broken line around the letters. They do not relate to your work right now. We'll talk about them later on. 30 sec
Slide 10- We are now at the letter C c; Uppercase C and lowercase c.
Look closely at the formation of the letter C c. It is Capital C as in Roussan Camille, Haitian poet, journalist, diplomat (passed away in 1961); again, capital C as in Christopher Columbus, familiar to us. Now here is the lowercase c as in cat, classroom, clouds 1m 40s
Slide 11- Let's draw the capital letter C, and now lowercase c ourselves. 1m 30s
Slide 12- We are moving forward, dear Learners! Here is the capital letter D. The letter D is written with a vertical bar and a curve attached to the two points of the bar. We make the bar, we raise our hand to make the curve. Capital D as in Frederick Douglass, escaped slave, D as in Martin Delaney, free Black, both passionate US abolitionists. Again, capital D as in Katherine Dunham, American dancer who traveled to Haiti in 1930, fell in love with Haitian folkloric dance, and made it known all over the world.
Now, the lowercase d is made of a small circle and a bar attached to the circle. We make the circle, we raise our hand to make the bar. It is lowercase d as in dog, drum. 2m00s
Slide 13- Let's form the capital letter D, a vertical bar and a curve attached to the two points of the bar, and lowercase d, a small circle and a bar attached to the circle. We make the circle, we raise our hand to make the bar. It’s small d as in dog, drum. These words start with lowercase letter d 1m50s
Slide 14- Here is the Letter E e which is formed like this: a horizontal bar at the top, a vertical bar attached to it, then a horizontal bar at the bottom, and another horizontal bar in the middle. It‘s capital E as in Ecuador, the country whose flag appears here, as in El Al, the Dominican rapper. These names begin with the capital letter E. Here is lowercase e as in elk the animal, as in emerald the jewel 1m55
Slide 15- Learners, now practice writing capital E. Do not forget. Look closely at each letter, then reproduce its image correctly. Now it’s lowercase e. 1m55
Slide 16- It's the turn of the letter F f. Capital F, as in Frankétienne (born Frank Etienne), Haitian writer, poet, playwright, painter, musician, activist and intellectual. He writes in both French and Haitian Creole.
It's capital F as in the name Henri Ronald Ford, a Haitian American child surgeon. He is the Dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. After the 2010 earthquake, he traveled to Haiti to help the victims. Now it’s lowercase f, as in fire, flame, firefly. 2m 00s
Slide 17- Let's draw the letter F f in turn. Big F, small f. Let's take a close look at the image of each letter and trace it correctly after that image. 1m50s
Slide 18- Listen well: Learn your letters by heart, retain them from memory. Go back over them again and again, until you have completely mastered the names of all the letters and their sequence, that is the way they follow one another. 40s
Slide 19- We are progressing well, dear Learners! Here we are at the letter G g. Capital G as in Fabre Nicolas Geffrard, a progressive Haitian President who, like all progressive Haitian Presidents, was violently opposed. His daughter, Cora Manneville Blanford, a newlywed aged 23, was assassinated. He was forced to resign, and went into exile in Jamaica. It is capital G as in Réginald Goreux, Haitian-Belgian, champion in 2008 and 2009 with the Standard de Liège; winner once of the Belgian Cup in 2011 with the Standard de Liège and winner once of the Belgian Super Cup in 2008.
Now the small g presented here in two forms. It is lowercase g as in gloves, grapes. 2m 50s
Slide 20- Let's form the letter G in its large form, and g in small letter ourselves . 2m 00s
Dia 21- Here we arrive at the letter H h. Uppercase H is formed with two vertical bars and a crossbar It is uppercase H as in Prince Harry of England, as in Hungary with her flag featured here. Now, lowercase h as in harmonica, as in hat. 1m50s
Slide 22- Let's now form the capital letter H, two vertical bars and a crossbar, and now lowercase h, a vertical bar and a curve attached to the bar. We trace the bar, we raise our hand to make the curve.1m 30s
Slide 23- Now, let us learn to write and pronounce the letter I i which is traced in two ways in this lesson: I which is formed by a vertical bar and two short horizontal bars, one at the bottom and the other at the top of the vertical bar, or a single vertical bar. It's uppercase I as in Prophet Isaiah whose tongue was purified with burning charcoal by an angel of God; I as in the word Internet, and now lowercase i, a little bar with a dot at the top. We make the bar, we raise our hand to make the dot. It is small i as in ibex (wild mountain goat), as in ice-cream. 2m00s
Slide 24- Now let us imitate the tracing of the capital I I, a vertical bar with two horizontal bars, one at the bottom, the other at the top, or a simple vertical bar. Now the small i with its small bar and a dot at the top. Yes, like that! 1m 30s
Dia 25- Here is the letter J j. Uppercase J takes two forms in this lesson: a bar with a small curve at the end. It is capital J as in the name Pauris Jean-Baptiste. Writer Pauris Jean-Baptiste, teaches Haitian Creole, Greek and Hebrew in Port-au-Prince. He is also a translator and interpreter. Author of more than fifteen books in Haitian Creole. Member of the Creole Academy.
Capital J as in Martha Jean-Claude, internationally known Haitian writer, civil rights activist, entertainer, and composer who could perform in many languages.
Jean-Claude was exiled to Cuba in 1952. She married a Cuban journalist, Victor Mirabal, with whom she had four children. Played in movies and films. Became a member of The Cuban Union of Writers and Artists.
Jean-Claude returned to Haiti in 1986. She passed away in Havana, Cuba on 14 November 2001, aged 82, at her home there.
Now lowercase j as in jaguar, the animal and the car. We raise our hand to dot the top of the lowercase j. 2m40s
Slide 26- Let's practice forming the capital J and lowercase j. A bar with a small curve at the end. For the lowercase j, do not forget the dot at the top. 1m 50s
Dia 27- At the letter K k now: a vertical bar, a bar joined to the vertical bar, then another joined to the second bar. It's capital K as in Hammerton Killick, our 46-year-old admiral hero. On September 6, 1902, he was ordered to surrender by the German captain of the SMS Panther, mothership of a fleet of six gunboats in the Port of Gonaïves. With four volunteers, Admiral Killick chose to blow himself up with his frigate La Crête-à-Pierrot.
Now it's the lowercase k as in karate, kepi, keys. 2m00s
Slide 28- Let's put pencil, pen to paper and form this letter now. Capital K, a vertical bar, a slash joined to the vertical bar, then another joined to the second bar. The lowercase k is formed in the same way as the capital K, but smaller. 1m 40s
Slide 29- Now let's learn to recognize and write the letter L l in upper and lower case. Capital L consists of a vertical bar and a horizontal bar at the bottom of the vertical bar. It is capital L as in Dany Laferrière. He is a Haitian-Canadian novelist and journalist. Elected to the Académie Française on December 12, 2013, and inducted in May 2015.
Uppercase L as in Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche, a Haitian engineer. He died when the ship Titanic sank on April 12, 1912. He put his pregnant French wife and their two daughters onto a lifeboat; they survived, but he did not.
Now the lowercase l is a single vertical bar. It’s l as in lightning, lion, love. These words begin with the lowercase letter l. 2m00s
Dia 30- Now let's follow and imitate the layout of the capital letter L, a vertical bar and a horizontal bar at the bottom of the vertical bar and now, lowercase l a simple vertical bar. 1m40s
Dia 31- Now here is the letter M m. The capital letter M is formed with a vertical bar, two slashes touching at the bottom, attached to the vertical bar, then another vertical bar joined to the slashes. Capital M looks like a crouching woman, right?
Iti s capital M as in Leyla MacCalla, Haitian-Americanmusic artist in the U.S. whoplays the cello and the banjo; It is also big M as in Ketly Mars, a Haitian-Canadian, poet, acclaimed author of many books. Both the names MacCalla and Mars begin with a capital M.
Now it's lowercase m, as for example, in the words mask and motorbike. 2m00s
Slide 32- Let's practice forming the capital letter M and lowercase m in our notebooks, as we see it here. 2m00s
Slide 33 – Dear Learners, if you have not already done so, take a book, a newspaper or magazine, take a document, and practice in recognizing the letters you have already studied. 59 sec
Slide 34- Let's now stop at the letter N n. It is uppercase N as in Prophet Nahum of the Bible, as in New York, and now lower case n as in nails, nest. 2m00s
Slide 35 – Let's now form uppercase N as we see it here and now lowercase n. Let us practice, let us practice the writing of our letters, knowing that knowing our letters is the foundation for learning to read and write. 1m50s
Slide 36 – Good! Now let's see how the letter O o is formed. Uppercase O is made of a big single oval. It is O as in Barack Obama, the first Black president and forty-fourth president of the United States. It is O as in the internationally renowned Hotel Oloffson of Haiti; as in the name Shaquille O’Neal of the Lakers’ Basketball Team. Now here is the lowercase o that looks like the big O, just smaller; lowercase o as in olives, oranges. 1m55s
Slide 37 – In turn, let us practice tracing the capital letter O, a simple large oval. and lowercase o. 1m35s
Dia 38- The letter P p is formed as follows: a vertical bar and a curve attached to the bar. We make the bar, we raise our hand to make the curve. It is P as in Pascal who thinks he’s still young and takes his chances on a skateboard. P as in Sonia Pierre, Haitian Lawyer in the Dominican Republic who defended her abused compatriots there.
She was decorated by Haitian President René Préval, also received an award from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michele Obama.
God bless you always, Sonia!
Now the lowercase p is made of a vertical bar and a circle attached to the bar. We make the bar, we raise our hand to make the circle. It's lowercase p, as in peaches, persimmons. 2m30s
Slide 39 – Now let's imitate the formation of the capital P and then that of the small p. To write is to reproduce the image of letters. Remember! 1m45s
Slide 40 – We're getting there, dear Learners! Now let's get acquainted with the letter Q q. The capital letter Q is shaped like the letter O seen above, but with a small tail.
It is capital Q as in the Latin Quarter of Paris where are located the Sorbonne university, student-filled cafés and restaurants, and nice bookshops. It’s capital Q as in Quebec, province of Canada and its starry flag here.
The lowercase q is a small circle and a vertical bar attached to the circle. Small q as in the word quarrel, qtips. 2m00s
Slide 41 – Now let's practice writing the capital letter Q which looks like a capital O, but with a small tail, and lowercase q, a circle and a small bar attached to the circle. 1m40s
Slide 42 – Let's stop at the letter R r. Capital R is formed of a vertical bar, a curve attached to the top of the bar, and a slash attached to the curve. It's capital R as in the name Franklin Delano Roosevelt, thirty-third president of the US, from 1933 to 1945; capital R as in Daniel Rouzier, the name of a Haitian economist, entrepreneur and magnate philanthropist. These names begin with the capital letter R.
Now here is lowercase r, a small bar with what looks like a beak attached to the bar. It's lowercase r as in rat, rose. 2m00s
Dia 43 – Let's now form the letter R capital and r lowercase. 1m40s
Dia 44 – Now the letter S s. Capital S is formed like the curves of the mountains of our beloved Haiti, isn’t it? It is capital S as in the Salesians of Don Bosco who began working in Haiti in 1935, and today, serve more than 26,000 Haitian children in primary and secondary schools, and have programs for needy street children.
It is capital S as in Madeleine Sylvain-Bouchereau (1905-1970), a pioneering Haitian sociologist and educator. In 1934, she was one of the principal founders of the ‘Ligue Feminine d’Action Sociale,’ the first feminist organization in Haiti. 2m00s
Dia 45 – Now, let's imitate the curves of the letter S s in uppercase, then in lower case in our notebook. 1m40s
Dia 46 – Now here is the letter T t. Capital T takes a vertical bar, and a horizontal bar at the top of the vertical bar. It is capital T as in Sacha Thébaud, (1934 –2004) who was a Haitian-American painter, sculptor, architect-engineer, furniture designer, urban planner, environmental reformer. Uppercase T as in Neil deGrasse Tyson, popular Black American astrophysicist.
The lowercase t is made of a small vertical bar and a small crossbar at one third of the vertical bar. It is lowercase t as in table, thread, thimble. 1m58s
Slide 47 – Practice, practice, our learners, the formation of the uppercase letter T and now lowercase t. 1m40s
Dia 48 – Here we are at the letter U u. The capital letter U is written in a large curve. It sometimes takes what looks like a small foot at the bottom of the U curve as seen here. It is Uppercase U as in Haitian Denso Ulysse (23 year-old) who plays football as a defender for Northern Colorado Hailstorm in the USL League One. Now, lowercase u which looks like the capital U as in underwear, uniforms. 2m00s
Slide 49 – Imitate, dear learners, the formation of the capital U, then of lowercase u. 1m40s
Dia 50 – Well done! Here we are visiting with the letter V v. The capital letter V is formed of two slanted bars which touch at the bottom as seen here. It's capital V as in the name Claude Vilgrain, former Haitian hockey player in Canada from 1980 to 2002. Now it's the lowercase v as in the words vaccine, vermicelli. 1m 50s
Dia 51 – Let's take our time and follow the outline of the big V, then, of the small v. 1m 30s
Dia 52 – We stop at the letter W w. It's capital W as in the name Édouard Joseph Woolley (1916 –1991). He was a Haitian-Canadian tenor, actor, composer, and music educator. He composed masses for three voices and four voices, songs, and instrumental pieces. "Mazoumbel" from his suite for violin and piano was performed in a concert of Haitian music in Montreal in 1979. It is capital W as in the name Didier William.
Didier William's paintings are concerned with blackness and other identities subjected to socioeconomic oppression. His works embrace Haitian Voodoo, history, folklore, and works that depict human figures.
His work has been exhibited at group shows and solo exhibitions in various institutions, including The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, the Bronx Museum of Art, the Frederick and Freiser Gallery, The Fraenkel Gallery and the Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Germany.
Now is the lowercase w, as in walrus, the amphibian animal that lives on land and in the sea.
Slide 53 – Let's Go! Let's draw uppercase W, and now lowercase w. 1m40s
Dia 54 – Arrived at letter X x. We see that it is formed of two equal bars that cross in the middle. It's capital X as in the name Xenocrates, an ancient Greek philosopher. The name Xenocrates, of course, is written with a large X. Now lowercase x, and the words xylophone, a musical device, and xylitol, a vegetable sugar, start with a small x. 1m40s
Slide 55- Now let's follow the formation of the capital X and lowercase x. Like that. 1m35s
Dia 56 – Now, let's get acquainted with the letter Y y. The capital letter is written like a V, but with a tail. First, capital Y. This little girl, whose name begins with a capital Y, is called Yasmine. The little boy is called Yoan. These two names start with the capital Y.
The lowercase y is found in the words yatch, yoyo. 1m40s
Slide 57 – Let's form the big Y and then, the little y to strengthen our memory of this letter. We make the shape of the V, we raise our hand to make the tail. Same for lowercase y. 1m35s
Dia 58 – Well done! Well done, our Learners! Here we are at the last letter of the English alphabet, the letter Z z. It is capital Z as in Oreste Zamor, former president of Haiti. The name begin of course, with a capital Z.
Now, it is small z as in zebu (a humped ox), as in a zemi, agod of the ancient Caribbean Indians, also as in zigzag. These words begin with the lowercase letter z. 1m50s
Dia 59 – So let's form the uppercase letter Z and lowercase z the same way, but smaller. 1m40s
Dia 60- So long and see you soon, our dear Learners! Practice, practice forming your letters. Memorize their names and their sequence, i.e. the way they follow one another. Study regularly! 1m00s