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For over 40 years we have been supporting people to learn and gain confidence with Pacific languages and culture.  Our tutors are all proficient and experienced in their language and culture and we support them to ensure they can share this with others. For the following languages, we are able to offer a range of NZQA approved courses

  • Kuki ‘Airani – Cook Islands Maori
  • Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian
  • Vagahau Niue – Niuean
  • Samoa
  • Lea-Faka Tonga – Tongan
TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THESE COURSES YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO:
  • Attend at least 80% of your course (2 hours a week / 8 weeks out of 10 weeks)
  • Study your vocabulary and complete homework at least one hour per week
  • Participate fully in classroom activities to increase your learning and retention

FAQs

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.

For more course information:  Call the office during normal working hours on (09) 260 4042 and leave a message or email courses@pec.ac.nz.

Term 2 (2019) timetable by LOCATION

Term 2, 2019 timetable (all courses offered by LOCATION) Term 2, 2019 timetable (all courses offered by LEVEL)

Basic Introduction to Pacific Identity, Language and Culture

This course is designed for people who have NEVER taken a PEC language course before and have no language fluency in their chosen Pacific language. The Aim of this programme is for learners to gain the basic skills related to the Pacific language and the culture of the people the language represents.

KEY TOPICS:
  • Geography and demographic information about Pacific country, Pacific values (including respect), origins of the Pacific country, my identity, my name, my home, my family, grandparents, ancestors, Pacific alphabet.Communicate key information
  • My family tree, my surroundings, my friends, Pacific alphabet, numbers and time
  • Pacific life-events (births, weddings, funerals) seasons, days, weeks and months
  • Numbers, using the days of the week, months, dates, use and respond to simple basic classroom language (including asking where is the chair etc.)?
  • Food, parts of the body, household items
  • Interact and introduce yourself and others and respond to introductions
  • Preparation for student presentation.
OUTCOME:

To develop knowledge and skills to be able to use greetings, build vocabulary and converse at a basic level in a Pacific language and act in a culturally appropriate way.

Everyday Conversation in a Pacific Language for Aotearoa

This course is designed for people who have previously taken and completed the Basic Introduction course in their chosen Pacific language and should now move to the next level. The aim is to develop language and cultural knowledge to enhance communication and interactions with other speakers of a Pacific language.

KEY TOPICS:
  • Describe core Pacific values and principles and cultural norms about a Pacific country. Recap of Pacific alphabet and pronunciations.
  • Build knowledge about key family roles and increase honorific terms and language skills
  • My family tree and relationships to the fanua/enua/fonua and/or surroundings. Role play for Pacific life-events.
  • Build knowledge about community and/or workplace roles and increase language skills.
  • Pacific life-events and customary gift-giving (birthdays, weddings, funerals).
  • Build knowledge about directions, places and seasons to present an opinion about a Pacific cultural practice.
  • Pacific culture, honorific language and role-play activities.
  • Communicate sentences for everyday conversations.
  • Prepare for student presentation.
  • Use a Pacific language to deliver an individual presentation, song, speech or dance.
OUTCOME:

Learners build on the basic level with the introduction of knowledge and skills for individual learning through communication, interactions with other Pacific language speakers of a Pacific language within the family, workplace or community settings.

Maintaining a Pacific Language and Culture

This course is designed for people who have previously taken the Everyday Conversation course in their chosen Pacific language and should now move up to this level and engage in conversation. The aim is to further develop Pacific skills including cultural and historical knowledge.

KEY TOPICS:
  • Use key facts about a Pacific country to communicate about key relationships between people within the country
  • Communicate key country about relationships between people in the family and/or workplace setting
  • Communicate life events. Use terminology used in family situations and understand the importance of cultural behaviour/habits and taboos
  • Use new information to discuss cultural protocols with family and friends
  • Cultural tools for gift-giving.
  • Presentation for student presentations
  • Use a Pacific language to deliver an individual presentation, song, speech or dance
OUTCOME:

Learners will build their competency in their chosen language, including cultural knowledge.

Samoan Fa’amatai Bi-lingual Programme

This course is designed for people who are New Zealand born and raised, have become matai and would like to know more about understanding and participating in extended family occasions that require a working knowledge of gagana fa’amatai.

The aim is to enrich Samoan matai, both male and female, who are raised in Aotearoa with Samoan values, protocols and practices.  The programme also contributes to the building of confidence and uphold certain obligations through service to their communities here in Aotearoa and back in the homeland of Samoa.

KEY TOPICS:
  • Oratory skills and cultural practices
  • Leadership skills
  • Genealogy
  • Memorised and structured oration
  • Presentation skills
  • Team work
OUTCOME:

Learners/participants will be able to present themselves in accordance with their status in the community and apply specific skills appropriate to community cultural events.

SAMOAN ORATORY

This course is designed for people who are Samoan born and raised or have a fluent command of Gagana Samoa.  Participants are matai and would like to know more about understanding and participating in extended family occasions that require a skilled and artful articulation of gagana fa’amatai. There is no English spoken in this class at all.

The aim is to enrich Samoan matai, both male and female, who are raised in Aotearoa with Samoan values, protocols and practices.  The programme also contributes to the building of confidence and uphold certain obligations through service to their communities here in Aotearoa and back in the homeland of Samoa.

KEY TOPICS:
  • Cultural norms that apply to the titles of matai in Samoan culture
  • Honorific Samoan language
  • Ceremonial practices
  • Presentation skills
OUTCOME:

Learners/participants will be able to present themselves in accordance with their status in the community and apply specific skills appropriate to community cultural events.  They will also be able to use rare metaphors and skilfully weave biblical references into speeches that elevate the status of who they represent and act as an orator.