Johnny Laforêt

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Office Location: 
313 East Pyne
Office Hours: 
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Office hours: Wednesday 11am - 1pm in 327 East Pyne.



Dr. Johnny Laforêt, a Fulbright scholar, received his Ph.D. in French Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition & Teacher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2016. Moreover, Dr. Laforêt holds several certificates including a Certificate in Teaching English as an International Language, Texas Tech University (2012), a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (2015) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Certificate in teaching Business French from the Chamber of Commerce Paris Ile-de-France, June 2018.

In his first book titled Haitian Creole maintenance by Haitians in the greater Chicago area, under contract with Educa Vision Inc. and expected to be released by the end of 2022, Dr Laforêt attempts to determine whether the maintenance of Haitian Creole by Haitian immigrants in the United States is due to large, populated areas of Haitian immigrants, or to identity-marking through the use of their linguistic knowledge and cultural pride to differentiate themselves from other Black ethnic groups in the country.

Research Interests

  • Haitian Creole, Literature and Culture
  • Francophonie
  • Classroom Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Linguistic Landscape
  • Language Maintenance, Shift, and Loss
  • Language Pedagogy
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Business French
  • Technical Translations

Selected Publications

  • « Pratiques linguistiques des Haïtiens vivant aux États-Unis : une étude de cas de la communauté haïtienne à Chicago ». In La Francophonie haïtienne et la Francophonie internationale : Apports d'Haïti et du Français haïtien, Renauld Govain ed. Jebca Editions, 2021, pp.103-120
  • « Retansyon e transmisyon kreyòl ayisyen nan kominote ayisyen Chikago a». Kréolistika. Fortcoming.
  • « Pour un virage francophone réel ». Champs Littéraires et langues de la francophonie-monde. Forthcoming.
  • Laforet, J. A. (2016). Language maintenance by Haitian immigrants in the USA: a case study of the Chicago community (link is external)(Doctoral dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Conference Presentations

  • “La couverture linguistique de l’espace public de Port-au-Prince”, presented at the Haitian Studies Association 31st Annual Conference: Haitian Studies in Changing Climates, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. 17-19 October 2019.
  • “Bay Ayiti yon koulè kreyòl”. Talk given at the Haitian Studies Association 29th Annual Conference Haiti: Paradoxes, contradictions, intersections in the making of people, Xavier University and Tulane University. November 1- 4, 2017
  • “Pratiques linguistiques des Haïtiens vivant aux Etats-Unis : Une étude de cas de la communauté haïtienne à Chicago”  “Pourquoi étudier les langues, cultures et sociétés créoles aujourd’hui ? ” XVème Colloque International des Etudes Créoles. 31 octobre 2016 - 4 novembre 2016, Baie Mahault – Guadeloupe.
  • “Haitians in Chicago and the Maintenance of their Native Languages”. Presentation given at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on February 18, 2016.
  •  “Haitian Immigrants in the U.S.: Self-representations through Language Maintenance” Talk given at the Haitian Studies Association’s annual conference at the Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, on October 23, 2015.
  • “Language Maintenance by Haitian Immigrants in the USA: A case study of the Chicago community”; Poster presentation at the UIUC Interdisciplinary Symposium on Bilingualism, Urbana, USA, May 3, 2014.
  • “Language maintenance by Haitian Immigrants in the USA: A case study of the Chicago Community” Talk given at the Georgetown Graduate Student Conference, Feb 27-28, 2015.
  • “Haitian Identities and Language Maintenance. Presentation given at the 3rd Annual World Languages Graduate Organization Conference, "Exploring Identities" at the University of Iowa.
  • “Haitian Creole Maintenance by Haitians in Chicago” at Beyond Coasts: Haiti in the Midwest Symposium on April 25, 2015, at Northwestern University, Chicago.