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New Zealand Certificate in Pacific Language (Tonga) (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Learn to speak Lea Faka-Tonga (the Tongan language) and develop your understanding of Tongan culture.

This qualification is for anyone who works with Pacific-nations people and wants to improve their communication skills.

If you're of a Tongan descent raised in New Zealand, this is also your chance to reconnect to your language and culture.

You'll learn skills in:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading and writing
  • Understanding cultural practices.

“Ko e Lea Faka-Tongá koe ‘elito ia hotau ‘ulungaanga Faka-Tongá.”
Our language is the fundamental feature of our Tongan culture. (Makeleta Taufa, 2005)

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 3
Domestic fees

Free*

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ3770
Duration

Part-time for 1 year (32 teaching weeks), evenings plus two Saturdays.
The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 4 years.

Study method

Part-time

Credits 60
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate

Study pacific languages at MIT

Entry requirements

General

Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):

830.327 My surroundings (Tonga) (15 credits)

Gain basic language skills and vocabulary as an introduction to Tonga.

830.328 My family (Tonga) (15 credits)

Gain language skills and vocabulary for communicating within a Tongan family.

830.329 My community (Tonga) (15 credits)

Gain skills and vocabulary for communicating within a Tongan community.

830.330 Cultural practices (Tonga) (15 credits)

Gain skills, knowledge and vocabulary to demonstrate knowledge of Tongan cultural practices.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the languages calendar.

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.