Faculty of Arts
Tongan Language 3
If you already have literacy skills in Tongan — either through passing Tongan Language 2 or having fluency in the language — then this course gives you the chance to develop those skills. We will examine:
• customs and traditions relating to kava, weaving and tapa, values and beliefs, poetry and oratory
• culture and change, including changes in social organisation, in Tongan language, in values and beliefs and
political and economic changes
• history of Tonga since European contact
• the state of the Tongan language in New Zealand.
In addition, we will develop your literacy skills through extended reading, writing, listening, speaking and research. As you would expect in such a course, most of the teaching will be in the Tongan language, supplemented by a course reader.
Coordinator(s) Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau
A course reader will be given in class
Coursework + exam
TONGAN 301: 15.0 points