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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
Arts and Music
Contact

Summer School: maori.studies@otago.ac.nz

 

Teaching staff

Summer School: To be advised
 

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

Summer School:
To be advised

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

Summer School

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
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

Tutorial

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

An introduction to a select Pacific language.

This paper offers an introduction to Tongan language and culture. It focuses on the main aspects of the Tongan culture as well as basic conversational and written Tongan in the New Zealand context. The emphasis is on an introduction to customs and traditions of the Tongan society, accompanied with language activities of integrated approach to language acquisition on practical survival skills. The students will have a basic understanding of the Tongan culture and develop proficiency in Tongan language skills of speaking, reading and writing in contextual situations. 

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 First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

maori.studies@otago.ac.nz
Ph: 03 479 8674
 

Teaching staff

Dr Telesia Kalavite

Paper Structure

The paper will look at weekly topics on Tongan culture presented in two 50 minute lectures. Weekly 50 minute tutorials on Tongan language activities of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Teaching Arrangements
  • Internal Assessments 60%
  • Final Examination 40%
Textbooks

A Tongan/English dictionary is required. There will be a reading list on a course outline available on Blackboard through e-Reserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Recognise the link between Tongan history, culture and language;
  • Use familiar everyday Tongan expressions in basic conversations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak, read and write basic Tongan words, phrases and paragraphs;
  • Introduce themselves to others and talk/ask questions about their families, friends, classroom, offices, hospitals, weather and the environment;
  • Promote the use of Tongan language and culture in a range of contexts.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17, 19-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
T2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22