School of Languages and Cultures

Modern Language Studies

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Languages and Cultures.

Overview

Foreign language competence, an awareness of cultures and an understanding of the structure of language itself is a compelling combination of skills that will make you attractive to many employers.

Modern Language Studies at Victoria combines study of a modern language with courses in Linguistics to provide a comprehensive language package. You can study Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Māori, Samoan or Spanish—whichever inspires you the most. Through Victoria's supportive and well-designed courses, you will soon be speaking and writing the language you want.

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in Modern Language Studies is the doorway into new and fascinating cultures, and provides an entrée to a variety of interesting careers.

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Undergraduate information

Modern language studies major requirements

  1. Either CHIN 101, 102, or FREN 101, 102, or GERM 103, 104, or ITAL 114, 115, or JAPA 111, 112, or MAOR 111, 112, or SAMO 101, 102, or SPAN 111, 112
  2. Either CHIN 211, 212, or FREN 201, 202, or GERM 217, 218, or ITAL 215, 216, or JAPA 204, 205, or MAOR 211, 221, or SAMO 201, 202, or SPAN 215, 216
  3. Either CHIN 311, 312 or FREN 301, 302, or GERM 315, 316, or 320, 321, or ITAL 315, 316, or JAPA 304, 305, or MAOR 311, 321, or SAMO 301, 302, or SPAN 315, 316
  4. LING 111 and 40 points from LING 200-399

Modern Language Studies courses are taught within the School of Languages and Cultures. The School Office: Room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn campus.

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How to find out more

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If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjectsCareers

International Business
Linguistics
Māori Studies
Media Studies
Pacific Studies
Samoan Studies
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Banking
External relations
Government
International agencies
International business
Interpreter
Journalist
Librarian
Teacher
Technical translator
Tourism


100 Level Courses

CHIN 101 – Chinese Language 1A

CHIN 102 – Chinese Language 1B

CHIN 112 – Introduction to Chinese Civilisation

FREN 101 – French Language 1A

FREN 102 – French Language 1B

FREN 104 – French Society and Culture

GERM 103 – Introduction to the German Language

GERM 104 – Elementary German

GERM 114 – Topics in German Culture 1

ITAL 114 – Introduction to the Italian Language

ITAL 115 – Elementary Italian

JAPA 111 – Introduction to the Japanese Language

JAPA 112 – Elementary Japanese

JAPA 113 – Introduction to Japanese Culture and Society

LING 101 – Language and Communication

LING 111 – Introduction to Linguistics

MAOR 101 – Te Timatanga/Introduction to Maori Language

MAOR 102 – Te Arumanga/Elementary Maori Language

MAOR 111 – Wana te Wanawana/Maori Language 1A

MAOR 112 – Wanawana te Tu / Maori Language 1B

MAOR 123 – Te Iwi Maori me ana Tikanga/Maori Society and Culture

MAOR 125 – Special Topic: Maori Cultural Practices for Professionals

SAMO 101 – Introduction to Samoan Language

SAMO 102 – Conversational Samoan

SAMO 111 – Samoan Society and Culture

SPAN 111 – Introduction to the Spanish Language

SPAN 112 – Elementary Spanish

SPAN 113 – Histories and Cultures of Spain and Latin America


200 Level Courses

CHIN 211 – Chinese Language 2A

CHIN 212 – Chinese Language 2B

CHIN 213 – Modern Chinese Literature

FREN 201 – French Language 2A

FREN 202 – French Language 2B

FREN 221 – French Literary Studies

FREN 222 – Special Topic

GERM 214 – Topics in German Culture 2

GERM 217 – German Language 2A

GERM 218 – German Language 2B

ITAL 207 – Italy through Film

ITAL 215 – Italian Language 2A

ITAL 216 – Italian Language 2B

ITAL 235 – From Fascism to Forza Italia: A Cultural History of Italy

JAPA 204 – Japanese Language 2A

JAPA 205 – Japanese Language 2B

JAPA 213 – Japanese Culture through Literature

JAPA 214 – Special Topic

LING 221 – Sociolinguistics

LING 224 – Interpersonal Communication

LING 226 – Special Topic: Forensic Linguistics

LING 227 – Words and Sentences

LING 228 – The Sounds of Speech

MAOR 202 – Te Putaiao Maori/Maori Science

MAOR 203 – Te Taunaha Whenua/Mapping Whenua

MAOR 210 – Special Topic

MAOR 211 – Tu Te Wana Wana/Maori Language 2A

MAOR 212 – Te Ao Hangarau, a Rehia/Culture, Performance and Technology

MAOR 213 – Te Kawa o te Marae/Marae Etiquette and Protocols

MAOR 216 – Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi

MAOR 217 – The Peopling of Polynesia

MAOR 221 – Tu Tu Te Wana/Maori Language 2B

MAOR 222 – Te Aukorimiha, Te Auripomiha o te Reo/The Social and Political Development of the Maori Language

SAMO 201 – Samoan Language and Oratory

SAMO 202 – Samoan Literature

SPAN 213 – A Twist in the Tale: The Spanish and Latin American Short Story

SPAN 215 – Spanish Language 2A

SPAN 216 – Spanish Language 2B


300 Level Courses

CHIN 311 – Chinese Language 3A

CHIN 312 – Chinese Language 3B

CHIN 313 – Classical Chinese Language and Literature

CHIN 314 – Advanced Chinese Composition and Translation

FREN 301 – French Language 3A

FREN 302 – French Language 3B

FREN 331 – 19th & 20th-Century French Literature

FREN 332 – 20th-Century French World Literature

FREN 333 – 17th and 18th-Century French Literature

GERM 314 – Topics in German Culture 3

GERM 315 – German Language 3A

GERM 316 – German Language 3B

GERM 320 – German Language 3C

GERM 321 – German Language 3D

ITAL 306 – Dante's Inferno

ITAL 308 – Contemporary Italian Literature

ITAL 315 – Italian Language 3A

ITAL 316 – Italian Language 3B

JAPA 304 – Japanese Language 3A

JAPA 305 – Japanese Language 3B

JAPA 314 – Special Topic: Japanese Mythology

JAPA 322 – Readings in Japanese Culture and Society

LING 321 – Discourse and Meaning

LING 322 – New Zealand English

LING 323 – Psycholinguistics

LING 324 – Language Variation and Change

LING 326 – Special Topic: Sociolinguistics of Signed Languages

LING 327 – Syntax

LING 328 – Phonetics and Phonology

LING 330 – Advanced Sociolinguistics

LING 331 – Special Topic: Gender and Language

MAOR 301 – Ta Te Maori Whakahaere Rauemi/ Maori Resource Management

MAOR 302 – Te Pumoto o te Tangata Whenua, o te Taiao/ Indigenous Knowledge and Science

MAOR 308 – Maori Media

MAOR 311 – Tiri Te Wana Wana/Maori Language 3

MAOR 313 – Nga Tikanga Tuku Iho/Maori Customary Concepts

MAOR 316 – Torangapu Maori/Maori Politics

MAOR 317 – Special Topic

MAOR 321 – Te Reo Karanga, Te Reo Whaikorero/The Language of Karanga and Whaikorero

MAOR 322 – Te Tahu o te Reo/Topics in the Structure of Maori Language

SAMO 301 – Samoan Language and Customs

SAMO 302 – Interpreting and Translation

SPAN 312 – Hispanic Literary Studies: 20th- and 21st-Century Texts

SPAN 313 – Special Topic: History and Memory in Modern Spanish Literature

SPAN 315 – Spanish Language 3A

SPAN 316 – Spanish Language 3B