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Pasifika Education Centre’s language classes start in the week of 7 March at locations around Auckland, and a few places are still available, according to programme manager Selwyn Tupou.3 March 2011
News release from Pasifika Education Centre
Free Pacific Island languages courses start soon
Pasifika Education Centre’s language classes start in the week of 7 March at locations around Auckland, and a few places are still available, according to programme manager Selwyn Tupou.
All of the language classes are no cost. Courses in Samoan and Cook Island Maori are accredited by the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA), which means learners will gain credits in these languages on the National Qualifications Framework. The centre also offers courses in Fijian, Tongan, and Niuean, which are not yet NZQA-accredited.
“There are lots of Pacific Island people who can’t speak their own language and it can make it difficult for them to talk to friends and family back in the Islands,” Selwyn says.
“Our courses are great way for anyone interested in Pacific Island languages to improve their fluency. We offer a very friendly learning environment, and people are welcome to drop in and visit the centre anytime.”
Courses in Samoan, Cook Island Maori, Fijian, Tongan and Niuean will be provided at the Pasifika Education Centre, located at Building 4, 17 Lambie Drive, Manukau City. As well, there will be classes in West Auckland (Niuean, Cook Island Maori, Samoan), Glen Innes (Fijian), and Mt Roskill (Tongan).
Pasifika Education Centre also offers free computing courses which build skills in using the internet and email, Microsoft Office, and website and graphic design. Learners can gain a National Certificate in Computing Level 2.