Which Pacific languages does PEC offer?
We offer six Pacific languages: Cook Islands Maori, Vagahau Niue, Fijian, Samoan and Lea Faka Tongan. All courses are bi-lingual with the exception of the Samoan Fa’amatai Oratory programme, which is full immersion Samoan. We are working towards offering Tokelauan in Term 3, 2019.
How long are the courses, are where are they offered?
All the language courses are 10 weeks long, and taught across a 4 term annual schedule (ie, each course runs for 10 weeks, then starts again four times a year). In 2019, PEC will offer all the language courses across all levels, at three sites: (a) South Auckland, Otara; (b) West Auckland, Kelston Girls’ College; and (c) Central Auckland, Auckland Girls’ Grammar School.
(NOTE: PEC reserves the right to cancel/postpone or merge classes if there are insufficient numbers enrolled – each class ideally needs at least 10 students per class).
What level courses does PEC offer?
We offer 3 levels of courses for all languages (i) Introduction to Pacific Identity, Language & Culture NZQA Level 1; (ii) Everyday Conversation in a Pacific Language NZQA Level 1, and (iii) Maintaining a Pacific Language & Culture NZQA Level 2.
Additionally, we offer Samoan Fa’amatai Bilingual (NZQA Level 4) and Samoan Oratory (NZQA Level 4).
How much does it cost to do a language course?
Our Pacific language programmes are FREE to all eligible students. PEC receives government funding from the Tertiary Education Commission to support our Pacific language programmes which are formally recognised by the NZQA as training schemes.
What is the eligibility criteria for a FREE language course at PEC?
The Tertiary Education Commission has very specific rules for funded tertiary study, which is:
(i) you are born in NZ or have a NZ residency visa; (evidence is a NZ Birth Certificate or NZ Passport, or your own passport with a Residency Visa; and
(ii) you are 16+years of age at the start of your course.
Are PEC Language courses NZQA approved?
The PEC Language courses are NZQA approved “training schemes”. That means that PEC programmes at level 1 have the same complexity as NCEA level 1 or a level 1 unit standard or level 1 New Zealand Certificate. We have consulted NZQA to determine the complexity of learning across our Level 1 to 4 programmes.
Can the PEC programmes and credits be used as credits for other NZQA programmes?
No. The learning can’t be directly cross-credited as we do not teach language unit standards. However, our PEC programmes are intended to help people feel more confident in a formal learning environment.
What are the requirements be successful in a PEC language course?
To be successful (receive a completion certificate at the end of your 10 weeks) in our Language courses, a learner must attend a minimum 80% of the programme (8 out of 10 classes) and undertake the programme assessments – these are not difficult. There are four mini-tests throughout the 10 weeks – reading, listening, writing and speaking.
What type of qualification do you get from a PEC language course?
A learner who has successfully completed their training course (attended at least 80% and completed all four assessments) will be awarded a Certificate of Completion, which reflects the learning achieved.
How can I get resources for my learning?
All teaching materials are supplied in class. However, learners may wish to buy additional reference resources through the PEC bookstore: http://www.pacificislandeducation.co.nz/program-information/online-bookstore/
Can I bring my children to class with me?
No. We are only funded to offer courses to learners who are 16yrs of age or above. It is an adult teaching environment, and not appropriate to bring children to.
Does PEC provide Pacific cultural competency training?
Yes. PEC has designed a range of interactive Pacific cultural competency programmes for New Zealand workplaces called KOLOA ‘A E PASIFIKA. We first piloted our first Koloa programme back in 2015. Our new range of training courses now includes one-day and two-day workshops designed for non-Pacific people/organisations.
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