Samoan Studies Institute

  • Course Description:

    This is a Conversational Samoan Language Course at the elementary level. The focus is on enunciation, vocabulary building and the correct use of words in directed fundamental dialoguing, which should transit to more student oriented conversation. Upon completion students should become comfortably fluent that they should want to continue with further training in SAM 101B at SAM 111 at ASCC or learning on their own. This course is intended for non-speakers; beginning speakers of the Samoan Language, and can be taken as an Elective. (Note: 3 lecture credits) 

    E mafuli le tele o felafolafoa'iga i le faatautaiga o talanoaga Faasamoa ma e tā'ua lenei mataupu o le vasega muamua. E a'oa'o le faaleoga sa'o o upu, fauga o upu, o le faaaogaga sa'o o upu i totonu o se talanoaga ma i'u ai ina agavaa le tagata e faaaoga le gagana Samoa e feso'ota'i ai. O le a faaosofia le lagona fiafia i le tagata ā'oga e fia a'oa'o pea le gagana Samoa ma faaauau atu ai i le isi vasega e tā'ua o le SAM 101B po o le SAM 111 i le Kolisi Tuufaatasi o Amerika Samoa, po o le faia fo'i o ni sailiiliga. O lenei vasega e mo tagata e lē iloa Faasamoa; tagata fa'ato'aā tau a'o le Faasamoa, ae maise ai le aogā o lenei vasega e faaatoa ai togi o polokalama.

  • Course Description:

    This is an introductory course in Samoan writing and speaking, grammar and usage of contemporary and commonly used respectful Samoan phrases. Students enrolled are recommended to write and speak fluent Samoan. (Note: 3 lecture credits)

    O lenei mataupu amata i le gagana Samoa e a’oa’o ai tusitusiga ma tautalaga, faaaogaga o le kalama ma le gagana faaonaponei ma le gagana faaaloalo masani. E fautuaina tagata aooga e tusitusi ma tautatala manino i le gagana Samoa.

  • Course Description:

    This is an intensive course in formal Samoan speaking and writing.  Students are required to write narrative, descriptive, expository and persuasive compositions. The speaking aspect closely follows writing during the laboratory periods.  Critical thinking, effective speaking and reading with purpose will also be stressed. (Note: 3 lecture credits)

  • Course Description:

    This is an intensive course in formal Samoan speaking and writing.  Students are required to write narrative, descriptive, expository and persuasive compositions. The speaking aspect closely follows writing during the laboratory periods.  Critical thinking, effective speaking and reading with purpose will also be stressed. (Note: 3 lecture credits)

  • Course Description:

    This is an introductory course to Samoan culture. Students will discuss and analyze cultural aspects of the faasamoa such as, appropriate language, appropriate behavior in varying spatial contexts. The concepts of extended families and their functions, land tenure and the peopling of Samoa are also discussed. Students will be expected to express opinions on Samoan society. (Note: 3 lecture credits)

  • Course Description:

    This course is required for an Associate of Arts Degree in Samoan Studies.  Students will be able to review ancient Samoan Literature and history through historical oral recitations of ‘solo’ that are manifested in everyday life; the ‘ava ceremony, traditional speeches, (lauga), marriage (tini), chants and meditations (tapuaiga). Students will be introduced to other popular forms of history, songs, myths, legends, fagono, humor, (faleaitu), and contemporary stories. Students will study the impact of the Bible on Samoan literature. (Note: 3 lecture credits)

    O le tasi lenei mataupu faamalosia mo le tikeri AA i le gagana ma aganuu Samoa. I lenei mataupu o le a mafai e tagata aooga ona iloilo tala o le vavau ma le tala faasolopito e ala atu i ana solo o aso fai soo: ava, lauga, tini, tapuaiga. O le a faamasani fo’i tagata aooga i isi ituaiga tala faasolopito, pese, tala o le vavau, fagogo, faleaitu ma tala faaonaponei. O le a su’esu’e tagata aooga i le aafiaga o gagana faamauina a Samoa i le Tusi Paia.

  • Course Description:

    This is a course in creative writing via “Solo”, satire, humor and short stories told with a Samoan flair. Narrative, descriptive, expository and persuasive forms are also taught. (Note: 3 lecture credits)

    O se mataupu lenei tau tusigā tala fatu e ala atu i solo, tusiga e faaaoga ai le tausuauīgā e tauala atu ai faitioga i ni lape o tagatanuu, tala taufa’a’ata atoa ai ma tala e tusia i le agaga Faasamoa. E a’oa’oina ai foi tusiga o mea tutupu i olaga o tagata, tusiga e faamatala ai foliga mai o se mea, tusiga e faailoa ma Iloilo ai se mataupu ma le ituaiga tusitusiga faatauanau pe faatosina.