Samoan Language and Customs

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Samoan Language and Customs

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Languages, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SAMO 202 or equivalent language competence

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    An advanced course which will further develop oral, written, and reading skills in the Samoan language (particularly Samoan history and mythology) and with continuing attention given to speaking the language.

    Learning Objectives
    This course will further develop the four language skills in the Samoan language.
    Continuing emphasis will be given to speaking but with a focus more on the formal and
    oratorical forms. Authentic materials from sources such as fables, legends, songs,
    proverbial expressions, etc., will be integrated to enhance the study of the language and
    the culture.
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate a high level of competence in oral Samoan
    2. demonstrate a high level of competence in written Samoan
    3. illustrate by example that they have a good understanding of formal and oratorical
    The Samoan Studies Programme works together with the Victoria University of Wellington Samoan
    Students? Association and Samoan Language Week in the promotion of Samoan language and
    culture. This year SAMO 301 students will be given the option of doing an oral performance
    presentation assessment for either of these as part of their in-course assessment

    Written assignments- 20%
    Seminary 1- 10%
    Written Assignment 2- 20%
    Seminar 2- 10%
    Written Review- 15%
    Samean Language Week- 25%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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