Level 4

Learn Samoan for free*

Learn how to take the everyday conversations and engage more formally and appropriately with your elders, matai, and faife'au, through the use of 'Gagana fa'aaloalo'.

Programme highlights

Learn how to take the everyday conversations and formalise them to engage more appropriately with your elders, matai, and faife’au, through the use of ‘Gagana fa’aaloalo’.

By the end of the programme you will be able to engage comfortably in more formal contexts within the family and church setting, community functions and workplace.

You will learn skills on how to MC events and acknowledge distinguished guests.  This is the best place to start if you eventually want to explore ‘Lāuga fa’asamoa’.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

Some language knowledge is required.

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 5.5 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

Programme structure

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

830.414 My surroundings (Samoa) (15 credits)

Learn to apply respectful terms in Samoa language to close surroundings.

830.415 My family (Samoa) (15 credits)

Learn to apply formal language in Samoa in family contexts.

830.416 My community (Samoa) (15 credits)

Learn to apply formal language to different communities.

830.417 Culture (Samoa) (15 credits)

Learn to develop and apply a deeper understanding of the Samoa language and culture.

Careers and pathways
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money but also help you to complete your qualification faster. Learn more.

Information is correct as at 16 November 2022. 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 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 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 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. 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 is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.