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Department of English and Foreign Language

(Offering English Language, English Literature, Chinese Language, French Language and Japanese Language Courses)

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Staff

Lafaitele Fualuga Taupi

HOD

 

 

Academic Qualifications

BA NUS, MA Deakin, CertTchg Sam.

Contact Details

Email f.taupi@nus.edu.ws

Research Interests:

Research interests are in the Samoan Language and the English language, including the linguistics changes that are  happening to the Samoan language. The problems of teaching English as a second language in Samoa- the  failure rate in the SSLC and SSC presents an interesting area for research. Reading as a major skill has slowly  eroded- what can be done?

Research Profile

Submit articles for publications in SPAN Journal/ JAFNUS/FAATUFUGAGA/JSS.

Publications

Taupi Lafaitele F. and Ah Siu Maliko M. (2021) The History of the Samoa Methodist Women’s Fellowship- O le  Au UsoMetotisi, Govt. Printing Apia.

Linguistic Histories of 17 students in HEN202 Introduction to Linguistics, JAFNUS Online Vol.6. 2021 O Suiga o le Gagana Samoa uamatauina ma faamauina, JSS Journal Vol.7 2017

Old Wine in new bottles or old bottles for new wine or shall we go with the  flow? SPAN 66/67

Women as Economic Developers of Samoa in the Old Days, SPAN 64/65 2013

Taupi, F.“Language Competence & Pragmatics in HEN003 Progressive English:  Some observations about language problems and barriers for Samoan students”. Faatufugaga: Journal of the Faculty of Arts, Vol.1, No.1. November  2012.

Professor Silafau Sina Vaai

Professor of English

Academic Qualifications

BA MA (Hons.) DipEdStud Well., PhD Canberra

 

Contact Details

Email s.vaai@nus.edu.ws

Research Interests

Professor Vaai’s research interests are in Commonwealth Language and Literary Studies, Cultural Practices, Contemporary Creative Expressions in Pacific Literature.

Professor Vaai’s recent books include “‘The Importance of Literacy in the Arts’ and “‘Creative Writing in Samoa”,  which consider the importance of Literacy and being creative in writing in Samoa.

Research Profile

Co-Editor for SPAN no 54/55, 56/57 & 60/61: 2005 – 2009, 2015 – 2016

Co-author of EFL Report for Faculty of Arts External Review, April, 2005 and FOA Response to External Review  Report later that same year.

Co-author of EFL Report for Faculty of Arts External Review, April, 2014 and FOA Response to External Review  Report later that same year. 

December 2020: OCIES Virtual Conference: Presented Paper: Literary Representations of Samoa in National  University of Samoa Courses

October 2020: NUS & Victoria University of Wellington &SPREP: Pacific Oceans and Pacific Climate Change  Virtual Conference: (POPCCC 3) Presented Paper: Telling the Stories of Our Pacific, Islands in the Sea, Climate  Change and The Creative Arts

Publications

Heard, E., Fitzgerald, L., Vaai, S., Collins, F., &Mutch, A. (2018) Suiga/change: An ethnodrama exploring  challenges in intimate relationships with young people in Samoa Violence Against Women, epub ahead of print. doi:10.117/ 1077801218778388

Heard, E., Fitzgerald, L., Vaai, S., Collins, F., Whittaker, M., &Mutch, A. (2018). “In the islands people don’t really  talk about this stuff, so you go through life on your own’: An arts-based study exploring intimate  relationships with young people in Samoa. Culture, Health & Sexuality, epub ahead of print.  doi:10.1080/13691058.2018.1492021

Heard, E., Fitzgerald, L., Whittaker, M., Vaai, S., &Mutch, A. (2018). Exploring intimate partner violence in  Polynesia: A scoping review.Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, epub ahead of print.doi:10.1 1 7/ 1 52483801879550

Vaai, S. & Heem, V. 2017: ‘Contemporary Challenges to Students Achievement in English in the Foundation  Programme at the National University of Samoa’ in Journal of Samoan Studies, Volume 7, No 3. ISSN 15 1813- 2324

Vaai, S. 2017: ‘Pacific Connections: Language and Literary Studies, Challenges and Developments at the  National University of Samoa’ in International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics, Volume 3,  No 2. ISSN2382-6282 pp. 32- 38.

Amituana’i Vernetta Heem

Senior Lecturer

Academic Qualifications

BA MA Auck.

 

Contact Details

Email v.heems@nus.edu.ws

Publications

Vaai, S. & V. Heem, 2017, “The Challenges of Proficiency in English in Samoa: Innovations and Strategies for  Foundation Students at the National University of Samoa, Journal of Samoa Studies, 2017 

Vaai, S. & V. Heem, 2016, “Concerns and Initiatives Taken to Improve the Reading Competence of Samoan  Undergraduate Students”, in SPAN 68 & 69, University of Auckland, ISSN 0313-1459 

Heem, V. 2016, “English or Samoan? A Comparative, Descriptive Analysis of Reading and Implications for  Language Teaching and Learning: in SPAN 68 & 69, University of Auckland, ISSN 0319-1459 

Heem, V. & J. Alexander-Pouono, 2014, “Prospects and Perspectives in Teaching Report Writing in English:,  SPAN 67, SPACLALS, University of Auckland, ISSN 0313-1459 

Heem, V. 2013, “Reading and the Reader”, SPAN 65 & 66, SPACLALS, University of Auckland, ISSN 03131459

Torise Neemia

Lecturer

Academic Qualifications

MTh PTC, DipTchg (Sec), BA, MA Auck, PhD NUS

Contact Details

Email t.neemia@nus.edu.ws

Publications

(2016) Empowerment through storytelling: A Samoan Woman’s Perspective. In: SPAN 67 – Journal of the  South Pacific for Language and Literary Studies. 

(2016) By merit or by marriage: a roundtable theology for Samoan women. In: SPAN 67 – Journal of the South  Pacific for Language and Literary Studies.

(2020) Women in the feagaiga of the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa: The Religious Transformation  of a Samoan Cultural Concept. PhD thesis, National University of Samoa.

(2003) Re-envisioning the role of women in the church: A New Zealand raised woman’s perspective. MTh  thesis, Pacific Theological College.

(1994) The Place of English in the Samoa Schools Curriculum. MA Dissertation, University of Auckland.

Judy-Anne Pouono

Lecturer

Academic Qualifications

BA W.Ont., PGDip WI, MTchLn Cant.

 

Contact Details

Email j.pouono@nus.edu.ws

Publications

Alexander-Pouono , J. A. “The Nofotane” and “The Plea of a Refugee Child” in Carol Mutch and Leua Latai, J.  Matapo, & F. Ward, (eds.) (2019). TalanoaFogafala. Hear Our Voices. Auckland: TeWhakatere au Papori  Research Unit. Collaboration between the National University of Samoa and the University of Auckland, 2019.

Alexander-Pouono. J. A., (2018). Implementing the Proficiency English Language Test (PELT) in HEN 100 – Business English. Presented at the Samoa Conference IV 2018 on September 4, 2018.Samoa Conference (Eds.)

Alexander-Pouono, J. A. (2018) Review of Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa by Joseph Farrell, Journal of  Samoan Studies. Issue 9, pp. 48-50.

Heem, V. & Alexander-Pouono, J.A. (2015). Prospects and Perspectives in Teaching Report Writing in English.  SPAN- Journal of the South Pacific Commonwealth Language and Literary Studies, SPAN No. 67, 2014. ISSN  0313-1459, pp. 1-22. (Paper was presented at Samoa Conference on 3 August 2014. Venue: Aoa Conference  Room, National University of Samoa, Samoa).

 

Matafai Rooney Mariner

Lecturer

Academic Qualifications

BA S.Pac

Contact Details

Email r.mariner@nus.edu.ws

Publications

Mariner,R. 2019.“Thoughts of a Father, in TalanoaFogafala, TeWhakatere au Papori Navigating Social Currents  Research Unit, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland, New Zealand, March, page 67

Mariner,R 2014, Prospects and Perspectives in the teaching of English at tertiary level in Samoa, presented  in; Samoa Conference III: Opportunities and challenges for a sustainable cultural and natural environment,  Center of Samoa Studies, National University of Samoa, Apia, Samoa, 25-29 August, viewed: 28th April 2020,  http://samoanstudies.ws/storage/2015/03/Rooney-Mariner.pdf 

Mariner,R 2012, Afatele, in SPAN: Journal of the South Pacific for Commonwealth Literature and Language  Studies, SPACLALS: NUS, Samoa Literary Festival: Pacific Literatures and the Blue Continent : Dreams and  Realities, NUS, Apia.

Mariner,R 2005, When I’m bored, in SPAN: Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth  Literature and Language Studies, SPACLALSS 9TH TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE, NUS, Apia, No 54/55, April &  October, page 91

Jasmine Koria

Lecturer

Academic Qualifications

BA VUW, CAT NUS

 

Contact Details

Email j.koria@nus.edu.ws

Research Interests

Student media as a tool for improving English literacy of tertiary students in Samoa (for VPEC Conference, 2021)

Publications

Koria, J. C. (2019). Space/Remember My Shadow/Sogaimiti/Free (Verse). In C. Mutch& L. Latai-Leonard (Eds.),  TalanoaFogāfala/ Hear Our Voices (1st ed., p. 25). TeWhakatere au Pāpori Navigating Social Currents Research  Unit, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland.

Koria, J. C. (2018). Fix your Collars. In M. Moore (Ed.), The Pacific is Rising: Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story  Competition Anthology (pp. 85–88). Samoa Observer.

Koria, J. C. (2017, October 2). Can I Say This. . .? Victoria University of Wellington Salient Magazine, 01– 2017(22), 34–37.

Koria, J. C. (2015). Think This of Me. National University of Samoa.

Koria, J. C. (2012). The Voyager (Vol. 1). National University of Samoa

 

 

Diana Betham-Scanlan

Lecturer

Academic Qualifications

BA NUS, DipTchg, PGDip Arts Auck. MEDL AUT

Contact Details

Email d.scanlan@nus.edu.ws

Publications

2014 – 2015 SPAN 67 – Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Language and Literary  Studies. Poetry and its Burning Embers, (pp 48-73)

2017 – 2018 – SPAN 69 – Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Language and Literary  Studies. Late Exposure to English.

2018 -2019 – SAMOA CONFERENCE 2018 – Knowing your family history is Crucial.

2019 – ACLALS (Auckland, NZ) The Revelation of Identity through Poetic Expression in the PostColonial  Pacific. (JSS – Journal of Samoan Studies/Peer Reviewed/Approved for Publication)

March 2019 – TalanoaFogafala – Hear our voices (Poem)

Peniamina Ropati

Lecturer

Academic Qualifications

CAT, BA NUS

Contact Details

Email p.ropati@nus.edu.ws

Publications

Ropati. P. (2018). The Importance of reading: A Personal Perspective. National University of Samoa. Le  Papaigalagala. Proceedings of the Samoa Conference IV 2018. Published in 2019 by the Centre of Samoan  Studies.

Penina Su’a Ioka

Lecturer

Academic Qualifications 

BA PGDip Ed NUS, PGDip Ed MEd S.Pac

 Contact Details

Email: p.ioka@nus.edu.ws

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