Our courses are taught online via:
PEC Courses are only available to NZ based students. We cannot enrol international students.
Students who enrol onto our courses will receive an email with a link to our Online Platform PolyeLearning where you will access all of your course materials. You will also receive a second email inviting you to join your online ZOOM class. This is where you will meet your tutor and class mates. You will use the SAME ZOOM login details for the 10 weeks duration of our course.
PEC classes are taught live, online 6-8pm.
You will need a desktop PC. laptop, tablet to participate in ZOOM online classes. You can join a ZOOM class via a smart phone, but you will not be able to see all the class members and shared-screen learning materials, so the preference is via a desktop PC or tablet so that you can enjoy the full experience of an online class.
All our courses are taught online, except for our Friday Samoan Oratory class which is the only face to face physical class, delivered from our offed in Manukau, Auckland.
You must enrol with PEC in order to access our online classes.
Please see our HOW TO ZOOM video below for help:
Our FREE Pasifika Community Language courses are:
10-weeks long - they are taught once a week for 2 hours face to face (online) with your tutor
You are expected to do at least 1 hour self-directed learning per week (your revision, practice & preparation for the upcoming class)
Each course is a total of 30 hours over 10 weeks
PEC courses are structured around teaching key themes, meaning that in each lesson you'll focus on a particular topic - eg salutations and greetings, numbers and counting, telling the time, counting money, days of the week and months of the year, food etc.
It is important to note that you will not become a fluent speaker after only 10 weeks of doing one of our courses. Rather, they are designed to introduce you to the language, vocabulary and cultural aspects in relation to the level and topic you are studying.
Our courses are NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Approved Training Schemes and they have confirmed that the courses meet the desired outcome, are set at the right level, and confirm that the content it appropriate to be learnt across 30 hours.
These training schemes are not formal qualifications as such, therefore the credits cannot be added to your NZQA Record of Learning. You will instead, receive a Certificate of Participation only if you meet the minimum attendance criteria - 80% of your classes (8 out of 10).
The purpose of our courses, is to see learners gain confidence in being able to speak their language at the appropriate level and understanding the cultural protocols. We hope that by taking our courses, students would start to thrive in their understanding and love for their language and culture, be strong in their identity, and continue the lifelong journey of being immersed in their language and culture.
Introduction to identity, language & culture (level 1)
This course is at an introductory level to teach you the vocabulary and grammar necessary to understand key concepts (eg pronunciation, numbers, body parts, salutations etc). This course is ideal to those who can't speak the language or who have limited knowledge.
Many of our beginner learners continue to repeat this classes to consolidate their knowledge and practice fluency, before moving onto the next level.
Maintaining language & culture
This course is ideal for people who may have been raised in a Pacific language speaking home but often respond in English. You understand fluently, but sometimes lack the confidence to respond back. This course will help you to consolidate your existing knowledge to be able to maintain your language capability.
Participants should already have a good understanding of everyday Gagana Samoa.
The Samoan Oratory course is only available for FLUENT Gagana Samoa speakers and focuses on developing lauga (speeches). Participants will already have practical knowledge/experience within the fa'amatai system, and ideally already be operating within the fa'aSamoa on a regular basis.
At the end of the year, the Samoan Oratory class will host an end of year celebration event for all Samoan classes (Auckland based), and will demonstrate some of what they have learnt during the year, including student lauga presentations, an 'ava and various lauga fa'afetai (thank you speeches)
This course is ideal for people who have a good understanding of the language, but need extra support to help them towards fluency. People with a good grasp of the vocab for everyday conversations centered around everyday tasks will find this course beneficial.
It is a big step up from the introduction level course, but a good opportunity to stretch yourself if you are looking to become a fluent speaker.
Samoan Fa'amatai bilingual
There are 3 levels of this course:
INTRO LEVEL is ideally suited to those with some experience/ knowledge of the fa'amatai system - this class is mostly taught in English but you should have some fluency as you will need to present your fa'alupega and a basic welcome speech.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL is ideally suited to those with a good fluency of Gagana Samoa and taught bilingually
ADVANCED LEVEL is for those who are often required to lead at church, community and family events so already have an advanced level of fluency.
The goal of these courses is for learners to gain a greater understanding of the fa'amatai language and practices of Samoan orators, and to understanding the cultural practices invovled in addressing families at weddings, funerals, saufa'i's and birthday events.