Modern languages

Gain basic competency in a contemporary language, or build upon your existing competency.

The knowledge and skills you will develop

In our increasingly globalised world, knowledge of a language and culture other than your own is a considerable advantage. This knowledge helps you to engage as a more sensitive and sophisticated global citizen.

As well as giving you written and spoken competency in another language, this module is an invaluable way of gaining insight into another culture and deepening your cultural awareness in general. You can also use language study to enrich your study of other subjects.

There are different options available depending on your level of knowledge. You can choose from:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Māori
  • Russian
  • Samoan
  • Spanish
  • Tongan

How this module can be useful in your career

Knowledge of an additional language will help you to stand out from other graduates. Your study will demonstrate an openness to other cultures and perspectives as well as communication skills, flexibility and disciplined thinking.

You could bring your global awareness and cultural literacy to many different roles in business, diplomacy, tourism, business, teaching, government and non-profit organisations.

The courses you can take

You must complete three of the courses listed for your chosen module. (45 points), including at least one course (15 points) at Stage II.

Each course is worth 15 points. Before you can enrol in a Stage II course you need to have passed the prerequisite courses for enrolment in that course.

Māori Language Skills

Acquire basic competency in spoken and written Māori, one of New Zealand’s three official languages.

Stage I courses: MĀORI 101 Introduction to Written Māori; MĀORI 103 Introduction to Spoken Māori
Stage II courses: MĀORI 201 Whakatakoto Reo Tuarua: Intermediate Written Māori; MĀORI 203 Intermediate Spoken Māori
Stage III courses: MĀORI 301 Reo Māori Tuhituhi; MĀORI 302 Reo Māori Korero

You must include 15 points above Stage I

Modern Language: Chinese 1

Gain basic competency in contemporary spoken and written Chinese, including Study Abroad options.

Stage I courses: CHINESE 100 Beginning Modern Chinese 1; CHINESE 101 Beginning Modern Chinese 2; CHINESE 178 Chinese Study Abroad 1
Stage II courses: CHINESE 200 Intermediate Modern Chinese 1; CHINESE 201 Intermediate Modern Chinese 2; CHINESE 277 Chinese Study Abroad 2A; CHINESE 278 Chinese Study Abroad 2B

Must include 15 points above Stage I

Modern Language: Chinese 2

Build on your existing competency in contemporary spoken and written Chinese, including Study Abroad options.

Stage II courses: CHINESE 200 Intermediate Modern Chinese 1; CHINESE 201 Intermediate Modern Chinese 2
Stage III courses: CHINESE 300 Advanced Modern Chinese 1; CHINESE 301 Advanced Modern Chinese 2; CHINESE 302 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing; CHINESE 377 Chinese Study Abroad 3A; CHINESE 378 Chinese Study Abroad 3B

You must include 15 points above Stage II

Modern Language: French 1

Gain basic competency in contemporary spoken and written French, including Study Abroad options.

Stage I courses: FRENCH 101 Introductory French Language 1; FRENCH 102 Introductory French Language 2
Stage II courses: FRENCH 203 Intermediate French Language 1; FRENCH 204 Intermediate French Language 2; FRENCH 269 French Language and Culture in Film and Literature; FRENCH 277 French Study Abroad 2A; FRENCH 278 French Study Abroad 2B

Must include 15 points above Stage I

Modern Language: French 2

Build on your existing competency in contemporary spoken and written French, including Study Abroad options.

Stage II courses: FRENCH 203 Intermediate French Language 1; FRENCH 204 Intermediate French Language 2; FRENCH 269 French Language and Culture in Film and Literature; FRENCH 277 French Study Abroad 2A; FRENCH 278 French Study Abroad 2B
Stage III courses: FRENCH 304 Advanced French Language 1; FRENCH 305 Advanced French Language 2; FRENCH 377 French Study Abroad 3A; FRENCH 378 French Study Abroad 3B

You must include 15 points above Stage II

Modern Language: German 1

Gain basic competency in contemporary spoken and written German, including Study Abroad options.

Stage I courses: GERMAN 101 German Language Introductory 1; GERMAN 102 German Language Introductory 2; GERMAN 178 German Study Abroad 1
Stage II courses: GERMAN 200 German Language Intermediate 1; GERMAN 201 German Language Intermediate 2; GERMAN 277 German Study Abroad 2A; GERMAN 278 German Study Abroad 2B

Must include 15 points above Stage I

Modern Language: German 2

Build on your existing competency in contemporary spoken and written German, including Study Abroad options.

Stage II courses: GERMAN 200 German Language Intermediate 1; GERMAN 201 German Language Intermediate 2; GERMAN 277 German Study Abroad 2A; GERMAN 278 German Study Abroad 2B
Stage III courses: GERMAN 301 German Language Advanced 1; GERMAN 302 German Language Advanced 2; GERMAN 306 Language Acquisition C1; GERMAN 377 German Study Abroad 3A; GERMAN 378 German Study Abroad 3B

Must include 15 points above Stage II

Modern Language: Italian 1

Gain basic competency in contemporary spoken and written Italian, including Study Abroad options.

Stage I courses: ITALIAN 106 Italian Language for Beginners 1; ITALIAN 107 Italian Language for Beginners 2; ITALIAN 177 Study Abroad 1
Stage II courses: ITALIAN 200 Intermediate Italian Language 1; ITALIAN 201 Intermediate Italian Language 2; ITALIAN 277 Italian Study Abroad 2A; ITALIAN 278 Italian Study Abroad 2B

You must include 15 points above Stage I

Modern Language: Italian 2

Build on your existing competency in contemporary spoken and written Italian, including Study Abroad options.

Stage II courses: ITALIAN 200 Intermediate Italian Language 1; ITALIAN 201 Intermediate Italian Language 2; ITALIAN 277 Italian Study Abroad 2A; ITALIAN 278 Italian Study Abroad 2B
Stage III courses: ITALIAN 300 Advanced Italian Language; ITALIAN 301 Italian Translation Practice; ITALIAN 377 Italian Study Abroad 3A; ITALIAN 378 Italian Study Abroad 3B; ITALIAN 379 Study Abroad – Internship

You must include 15 points above Stage II

Modern Language: Japanese 1

Gain basic competency in contemporary spoken and written Japanese, including Study Abroad options.

Stage I courses: JAPANESE 130 Japanese Language 1A; JAPANESE 131 Japanese Language 1B; JAPANESE 178 Japanese Study Abroad 1
Stage II courses: JAPANESE 231 Japanese Language 2A; JAPANESE 232 Japanese Language 2B; JAPANESE 277 Japanese Study Abroad 2A; JAPANESE 278 Japanese Study Abroad 2B

You must include 15 points above Stage I

Modern Language: Japanese 2

Build on your existing competency in contemporary spoken and written Japanese, including Study Abroad options.

Stage II courses: JAPANESE 231 Japanese Language 2A; JAPANESE 232 Japanese Language 2B
Stage III courses: JAPANESE 331 Japanese Language 3A; JAPANESE 332 Japanese Language 3B; JAPANESE 377 Japanese Study Abroad 3B; JAPANESE 378 Japanese Study Abroad 3B

You must include 15 points above Stage II

Modern Language: Korean 1

Gain basic competency in contemporary spoken and written Japanese, including Study Abroad options.

Stage I courses: KOREAN 110 Korean for Beginners 1; KOREAN 111 Korean for Beginners 2
Stage II courses: KOREAN 200 Intermediate Korean 1; KOREAN 201 Intermediate Korean 2; KOREAN 277 Korean Study Abroad 2A; KOREAN 278 Korean Study Abroad 2B

You must include 15 points above Stage I

Modern Language: Korean 2

Build on your existing competency in contemporary spoken and written Korean, including Study Abroad options.

Stage II courses: KOREAN 200 Intermediate Korean 1; KOREAN 201 Intermediate Korean 2
Stage III courses: KOREAN 300 Advanced Korean 1; KOREAN 301 Advanced Korean 2; KOREAN 377 Korean Study Abroad 3A; KOREAN 378 Korean Study Abroad 3B

You must include 15 points above Stage II

Modern Language: Spanish 1

Gain basic competency in contemporary spoken and written Spanish, including Study Abroad options.

Stage I courses: SPANISH 104 Beginners' Spanish 1; SPANISH 105 Beginners' Spanish 2; SPANISH 178 Spanish Study Abroad 1
Stage II courses: SPANISH 200 Intermediate Spanish 1; SPANISH 201 Intermediate Spanish 2; SPANISH 277 Spanish Study Abroad 2A; SPANISH 278 Spanish Study Abroad 2B

You must include 15 points above Stage I

Modern Language: Spanish 2

Build on your existing competency in contemporary spoken and written Spanish, including Study Abroad options.

Stage II courses: SPANISH 200 Intermediate Spanish 1; SPANISH 201 Intermediate Spanish 2; SPANISH 277 Spanish Study Abroad 2A; SPANISH 278 Spanish Study Abroad 2B
Stage III courses: SPANISH 319 Advanced Spanish 1; SPANISH 321 Advanced Spanish 2; SPANISH 341 Spanish Sound Structure; SPANISH 342 Spanish Word Formation; SPANISH 377 Spanish Study Abroad 3A; SPANISH 378 Spanish Study Abroad 3B

You must include 15 points above Stage II

Russian Language Skills

Gain basic competency in contemporary spoken and written Russian, including Study Abroad options.

Stage I courses: RUSSIAN 100 Beginners' Russian 1; RUSSIAN 101 Beginners' Russian 2
Stage II courses: RUSSIAN 200 Intermediate Russian 1; RUSSIAN 201 Intermediate Russian 2; RUSSIAN 277 Russian Study Abroad 2A; RUSSIAN 278 Russian Study Abroad 2B

You must include 15 points above Stage I

Samoan Language Skills

Study the Samoan language and gain insight into the complexities of fa'a Samoa (Samoan culture), Samoan values and world-views.

Stage I course: SAMOAN 101 Samoan Language 1
Stage II course: SAMOAN 201 Samoan Language 2
Stage III course: SAMOAN 301 Samoan Language 3

You must include 15 points above Stage I

Tongan Language Skills

Study the Tongan language and gain a deeper understanding of Tongan culture.

Stage I course: TONGAN 101 Tongan Language 1
Stage II courses: TONGAN 201 Tongan Language 2
Stage III courses: TONGAN 301 Tongan Language 3

You must include 15 points above Stage I