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PACI103 Languages and Cultures of the Pacific: An Introduction

An introduction to a select Pacific language.

In Summer School, this paper offers an introduction to a Pacific Language - to be advised

If offered in the first semester, this paper offers an introduction to the Fijian Bau dialect (Bauan dialect), which is one of the more than 300 dialects spoken by indigenous Fijians. Fijian-Bauan is the standard official language used in Fiji and also taught in schools, as well as offered as a degree programme at the University of the South Pacific. The paper will introduce students to standard Fijian and help to develop basic skills in conversational fluency and proficiency through the learning of phonetics - vowels, consonants, diphthongs, pronunciations and word formation.

In either semester, students will develop target-language skills in contextual conversations - such as greetings (formal and informal), introductions, farewells and asking questions - and in terms of directions, time, numbers, quantity and shopping, as well as being able to name things, such as objects in a natural environment, classroom, office/workplace or hospital; parts of the body; sicknesses and medicine.

Paper title Languages and Cultures of the Pacific: An Introduction
Paper code PACI103
Subject Pacific Islands Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Summer School
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Schedule C
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Teaching staff

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Paper Structure
First semester:
  • Internal Assessment 60%
  • Final Examination 40%

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To recognise the link between history, culture and language
  • To pronounce words by putting together vowels and consonants
  • To demonstrate an ability to spell, write and read basic words
  • To demonstrate an ability to greet different groups of people using the right type of greetings at specific times of the day
  • To be able to introduce oneself and ask other people about who they are
  • To be able to give directions, count and tell the time, days and months
  • To be able to name things and their uses in homes, schools, learning institutions, offices, hospitals and the environment
  • To demonstrate the ability to construct a sentence by identifying and arranging the words in a sentence, including particles, verbs, nouns, pronouns and tenses
  • To be able to write simple phrases and sentences in terms of a paragraph or a letter

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Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 2-7
Tuesday 10:00-11:50 2-7
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 2-5, 7
Thursday 10:00-11:50 2-7
Friday 10:00-11:50 2-7


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 16:00-16:50 2-7