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Tongan Language Course for 'Esiteli Hafoka of Stanford University

LU globe in handLo'au University offers a Summer Course on Tongan Language to 'Esiteli Hafoka who is a PhD Candidate of Stanford University. This is an agreement between Hafoka and Standford University, on one hand, and Professor Siosiua Lafitani and Lo'au University, on the other hand. Lafitani is the Lecturer, and Hafoka studies German and Tongan Languages as part of the requirement to fullfil her PhD in the Department of Religious Studies. The course will be conducted from the Lo'auan Headquarters in the Kingdom of Tonga (instead via the Lo'auan website and google plus) - from July until August this year. Doctoral students from other universities are most welcome to enroll as well (please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The approval of Lo'au University by Stanford University to run this course on doctoral level is very much appreciated by the Lo'auan Board of Trustees and its Administration Office. We would like to thank them as well as Hafoka for choosing Lo'au University. We hope that this is the beginning of a close working relationship between the two universities.

LO’AU UNIVERSITY SHORT COURSE FOR INTERNATIONAL DOCTORAL CANDIDATES, PAHU, NUKU’ALOFA, KINGDOM OF TONGA, JULY-AUGUST 2017

COURSE TITLE:  

Tongan Language for Doctoral Candidates.

NUMBER: 

LU138 (2017).

LECTURER: 

Professor Siosiua Lafitani PhD.

DESCRIPTION: 

This Course examines the quality and usefulness of Tongan Language in terms of structure, grammar, writing, speaking and the logio-psychology of translation/interpretation. 

METHOD: 

Classroom/Online in both English and Tongan Languages.

DURATION: 

Six Weeks from Monday to Thursday between 10.30 am and 12 pm.

AWARD: 

Lo’auan Certificate on Tongan Language for Doctoral Candidates.

FUND: 

Stanford University of the United States of America (other universities are welcome).

STUDENT(S): 

‘Esiteli Hafoka, Doctoral Candidate of Stanford University (other students are welcome).

COURSE CONTENT:

Introduction 

It highlights the significance of the Course and its content sub-titles.

World Language and Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) Language 

It unfolds the quality (ontology, form and structure) and usefulness (epistemology, content and grammar) of language at large and how it is culturally and linguistically related to the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) and Tongan Languages.

First Assignment 

a) Seminar in Tongan on the above sub-titles;

b) Write two pages in Tongan on the seminar presentation.

Computer-online and Bio-genetic structure of Tongan Language

It examines the current nature of Tongan Language on the world of internet and computer, as well as, its link to the bio-genetic structure of DNA migration.

Second Assignment

a) Seminar in Tongan on the above sub-title;

b) Write two pages in Tongan on the seminar presentation;

c) Translate into Tongan two pages of English writing;

d) Interpret in English a Tongan speech/conversation.

Structure and Grammar of Classical-Modern Tongan Language

It discusses the quality and usefulness of Classical-Modern Tongan Language.

Classical Tongan Writing and Speaking

It discusses the quality and usefulness of Classical Tongan Writing and Speaking.

Modern Tongan Writing and Speaking

It discusses the quality and usefulness of Modern Tongan Writing and Speaking.

Third Assignment

a) Seminar in Tongan on the above sub-titles;

b) Write two pages in Tongan on the seminar presentation;

c) Translate the two pages into English;

d) Interpret in English a Tongan speech/conversation;

e) Translate into Tongan two pages of English writing.

Tongan Formal and Informal Writing and Speaking

It discusses Tongan Formal and Informal Writing and Speaking

Fourth Assignment

a) Seminar in Tongan on the above sub-title;

b) Write two pages in Tongan on the seminar presentation;

c) Translate the two pages into English;

d) Interpret in English a Tongan speech/conversation;

e) Translate into Tongan two pages of English writing.

Logic and Psychology of Translation/Interpretation

It discusses the logio-psychology of Translation/Interpretation from Tongan to English, and vice-versa.

Fifth Assignment

a) Seminar in Tongan on the above subtitle;

b) Write two pages in Tongan on the seminar presentation;

c) Translate the two pages into English;

d) Interpret in English a Tongan speech/conversation;

e) Translate into Tongan two pages of English writing.

Conclusion

Sum-up the whole Course with some final remarks.

Final Assignment

a) Seminar in Tongan summarising the whole Course;

b) Seminar in English summarising the whole Course.