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Department of English and Foreign Language

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

Staff

Penina Su’a Ioka

Lecturer

Academic Qualifications 

BA PGDip Ed NUS, PGDip Ed MEd S.Pac

 Contact Details

Email: p.ioka@nus.edu.ws

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

Diana Betham-Scanlan

Senior Lecturer

Academic Qualifications

BA NUS, DipTchg, PGDip Arts Auck. MEDL AUT

Contact Details

Email d.scanlan@nus.edu.ws

Research Interest

Poetry, Drama, Family History, Education, Dance and Choreography

Research Profile

  • PHD – Research Proposal NUS (2021 – 2022) (Yazaki Kizuna Scholarship)
  • JSS – Journal of Samoan Studies (2022)
  • VPEC –Samoa Vaa Pasefika Education Conference (2021)
  • ACLALS – Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies NZ. (July 15 – 19, 2019)
  • PACIFIC ARTS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE (November 27th – December 1, 2017) – Samoa NUS
  • SPACLALS – South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (2015)
  • SAMOA CONFERENCE III (2014)
  • SPACLALS – South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (2013)

Publications

2022 – JSS – (Journal of Samoan Studies) The need for change in curriculum to enhance progress in English learning in Samoa. (Vol. 12, 2022).

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

MARCH 2019 – Talanoa Fogafala – Hear our voices (Poem)

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

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

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

2012 – 2013 SPAN 65 & 66 – Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Language and Literary Studies.  Poetry (pp 24 – 28).

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 Qualification

BA S.Pac, PG Dev Studies, NUS

Research Interests

Literacy

Post-colonial literature

Education

Poverty

Identity

Research Profile

PELT Research team with Silafau Professor Sina Vaai and Amituanai Verneta Heem and Penina Sua-Ioka

Currently studying Minor thesis masters

Publications

Mariner,R. 2022, “Memoirs of an ulo” & “To the winning candidate,” in Talanoa Fogafala: The Round Table, A poetry and art collaboration between the National University of Samoa and the University of Auckland, 2nd Ed, July, pages 87, 94.

Mariner,R 2019, “Thoughts of a Father”, in Talanoa Fogafala, Te Whakatere 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, SPACLALS 9TH TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE,  NUS, Apia, No 54/55, April & October, page 91

 

Lecturer – Mary Ann Kaio – Taufagu

Contact Details

Email:  m.taufagu@nus.edu.ws

Lecturer – Brandon Chou Lee

Contact Details

Email:  b.choulee@nus.edu.ws

Lecturer – Asuelu Saifoloi

Contact Details

Email:  a.saifoloi@nus.edu.ws

Lecturer – Ofeira Talaáve

Contact Details

Email:  o.talaave@nus.edu.ws

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