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Department of Media and Communication

(Offering Communication Skills and Journalism courses)

Staff

Dr Honiara Salanoa

Head of Department – Media and Communication

 

 

 

Contact Details

  +685 20072 | Ext 142

  h.salanoa@nus.edu.ws

  www.nus.edu.ws

Asi Building|Lepapaigalagala Campus, Apia| P.O. Box 1622, Apia, Samoa

Academic Qualification

BEd S.Pac, CAT SP, PGDipSLTchg, MA(Hons) Waik, PhD VUW

Research Interests

Discourse Analysis of teacher talk: Code-switching in the classroom.

  • Translanguaging – Learning Multiple Languages.
  • Use of culturally appropriate research methods for workplace communication, especially in the under researched area of blue-collar work environments.
  • Engagement with analytical frameworks that take account of Pacific knowledge and skills, embedded in the context of Samoa.
  • Mobility, Intercultural and multilingual interaction in the workplace context.

Research Profile

As a Communication Studies lecturer working in a vocational education context in Samoa, I was challenged to find ways of improving communications skills for those training to enter different trades.  Knowing how to support these students meant understanding their workplace communication needs and their future linguistic practices.  In particular, as a Samoan researcher, I am drawn to improving workplace communication opportunities within my community, concentrating predominantly on identifying and enhancing successful communicative competence.  My PhD in Applied Linguistics involves following seasonal workers from their Samoan villages to their NZ orchard worksites.  My research explores their communicative competence in the workplace, concentrating on ‘transactional and relational’ skills and making use of naturally-occurring workplace interaction strengthened by interviews in the form of collaborative interactions.  My goal is to ensure a holistic understanding of their communication patterns.  My study centres on existing appeals in the discipline to acknowledge the significance of mobility in the labour market, the use of multiple languages in the workplace and ‘culturally-sensitive’ research methods.

Publications

Calhoun, Yan, Salanoa, Taupi, Kruse-Vaai, (2021).Focus effects on immediate and delayed recognition of referents in Samoan, Language and Speech.

Filo, F., Parsons, L., Salanoa, H., & Seals, C. (2018).O le OlagaAoga.Wellington Translanguaging Project. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington.

Salanoa, H. (2020).  The communicative competence of Samoan seasonal workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme (A thesis submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand).

Misa Victoria Lepou

Media and Communication

Contact Details

  +685 20072 | Ext 186

  v.lepou@nus.edu.ws

  www.nus.edu.ws

Asi Building|Lepapaigalagala Campus, Apia| P.O. Box 1622, Apia, Samoa

Academic Qualification

BA S.Pac, PGDipDev MDS NUS

Publications

Lepou, M. V. (2017). Samoa’s media freedom climate: ‘Shining the light’. Pacific Journalism Review :TeKoakoa, 23(2), 11-25. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v

Lepou, V 2012, Punitive Media Laws vs Free Speech, Inaugural Pacific Press Freedom Report, EU.

Lepou, V 2013, Samoan journalists journey, Student Journal, NUS.

Lepou, V, 2019, ‘Evaluating the Implementation of the National Information and Communication Technology Policy (NICTP) 2012-2017 in Samoa : a review of the literature’, Journal of the Arts Faculty, NUS, vol. 5.

Lepou, V, 2019, ‘Evaluating the Implementation of the National Information and Communication Technology Policy (NICTP) 2012-2017 in Samoa : a review of the literature’, Journal of the Samoan Studies, vol. 9, pp. 47-50, http://samoanstudies.ws/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/JSS-Volume-92019_November-2019_edited-FINAL-COPY.pdf

Fuatia Malifa

Media and Communication

 

 

Contact Details

  +685 20072 | Ext 143

  f.malifa@nus.edu.ws

  www.nus.edu.ws

Asi Building|Lepapaigalagala Campus, Apia| P.O. Box 1622, Apia, Samoa

Academic Qualification

CertTchgEng USP, DipEd STC, BEd Massey, PGDipEd NUS             

Research Interests

Code switching in the Classroom at NUS (Discourse Analysis of Teacher Talk)

Seiuli Temukisa Suisala 

Media and  Communication

 

 

 

Contact Details

  +685 20072 | Ext 143

  t.suisala@nus.edu.ws

  www.nus.edu.ws

Asi Building|Lepapaigalagala Campus, Apia| P.O. Box 1622, Apia, Samoa

Academic Qualification

BA PGDipDev NUS, Cert IV TAE APTC

Research Interests

Codeswitching in the Classroom at NUS (Discourse Analysis of Teacher Talk)

Vaeluagaoaanamatuamasaga Reti  

Media and Communication

 

 

 

 

Contact Details

  +685 20072 | Ext 143

  v.reti@nus.edu.ws

  www.nus.edu.ws

Asi Building|Lepapaigalagala Campus, Apia| P.O. Box 1622, Apia, Samoa

Academic Qualification

BEd NUS, MA NNU

Research Interests

Codeswitching in the Classroom at NUS (Discourse Analysis of Teacher Talk)

Publications

Reti, V.  (2014), Cultivating Creativity through English Writing Approach-A case study of an English (as

Foreign Language) Writing Class in a Chinese Normal University, (Master’s Thesis, Northeast Normal University, China)

Christian Afamasaga

Media and Communication

 

 

Contact Details

  +685 20072 | Ext 143

  c.afamasaga@nus.edu.ws

  www.nus.edu.ws

Asi Building|Lepapaigalagala Campus, Apia| P.O. Box 1622, Apia, Samoa

Academic Qualification

BEd(Sec) PAU

Research Interests

Codeswitching in the Classroom at NUS (Discourse Analysis of Teacher Talk)

New Foundation Courses in the FCA Programme

Contact Us

Phone: +685 20072 ext 353

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