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PACI103 Languages and Cultures of the Pacific: An Introduction

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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
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Teaching staff

Dr Telesia Kalavite

Paper Structure

The paper will look at weekly topics on Tongan language and 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%

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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding.
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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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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
T2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16-22