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

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Programme highlights

Learn to speak Gagana Samoa (the Samoan language) and develop your understanding of Samoan culture.

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

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

You will learn skills in:

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

A leai se Gagana, ua leai se aganuu. A leai se aganuu, ua po le nu'u.
If there is no language, then there is no culture. If there is no culture, the village is in darkness. (Fanaafi, 1996)

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July: MIT Otara

February: Unitec

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara,

Unitec Waitākere campus

Level 3
Domestic fees

Free*

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

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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

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Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Pacific Language (Level 3)


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Entry requirements

General

Open entry for domestic students

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

Programme structure

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

830.323 My surroundings (Samoa) (15 credits)

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

830.324 My family (Samoa) (15 credits)

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

830.325 My community (Samoa) (15 credits)

Gain skills and vocabulary for communicating within a Samoan community.

830.326 Cultural practices (Samoa) (15 credits)

Gain skills, knowledge and vocabulary to demonstrate knowledge of Samoan culture.

Key dates and timetables

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

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 29 July 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 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 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 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. 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 and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.