School of Languages and Cultures
Kia ora - 你好 – guten Tag – bonjour – こんにちは – здравствуйте – buenos días –
안 녕 하 세 요 – buongiorno
Welcome to the School of Languages and Cultures
The School currently offers degree programmes in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. In addition to languages the School also offers related culture courses, and stresses the importance of the mutually influential relationship between language and culture.
From January 2013 the Department of Linguistics is located in the School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Are you a BA student looking for a Minor in a Commerce subject? (PDF, 106KB)
Suggested pathways to a Minor in a Commerce subject.
| Lily Bale, studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish
Seminars / Events
Monday 27 May 2013, 12:00-1:00pm, Logie 401:
Research seminars presented by two PhD students:
Jiye Liu: The meaning of belief in the cinematic apparatus — A reading of the death complex presented in Tibetan films
Shanshan Song: From the voiceless to a voice — Who makes the other be heard?
NZ lures record number of Chinese visitors (23 May 2013)
New Zealand's clean, green image is a key reason why a record number of Chinese tourists are flocking to New Zealand, a UC Chinese language lecturer says.
UC students win scholarships to study in China (16 October 2012)
Three University of Canterbury students have received all-expenses paid scholarships to study in China for a year.
On Friday 26 April, the Japanese Consul, Mr Minoru Kikuchi, presented the 2012 Consul's award for Japanese to William Vosburgh, an Honours student in Japanese. Other awards were also made at the presentation ceremony, including the Japanese programme's annual prizes for excellence in Japanese, and an award for most entertaining video to the 300-level Japanese students' for their entry in the Sydney-based Japan Foundation's 2012 Video Matsui contest.
Congratulations to all award recipients!
The School of Languages and Cultures recently received a generous donation of books from the Japan Foundation. Many of these books, on a variety of subjects, will be placed in the Central Library for use by staff and students. Pictured at their presentation on Friday 26 April is the Japanese Consul, Mr Minoru Kikuchi, representing the Japan Foundation, with Susan Bouterey, Head of the School of Languages and Cultures, and Alison McIntyre, Academic Liaison Manager for the Library Research and Information Services.
Double accolades for German Senior Tutor
Vera Leier, Senior Tutor in German, was awarded the 2012 UCSA Lecturer of the Year Award and the 2012 College of Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The UCSA Lecturer of the Year award is organised entirely by UC students, who also make all nominations. LACL was well represented in the nominations this year, with the following staff also making the final short list: Eric Mouhica, Fengyuan Ji, Ken Henshall, Kevin Watson, Linda Robinson, Maki Tokumoto and Masayoshi Ogino. Canta article >>
The College of Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching is awarded annually to a continuing academic staff member of the College. The purpose of the award is to recognise consistent excellence in teaching-related activities in the undergraduate and/or postgraduate programmes, or outstanding contributions to the learning environment at the University of Canterbury.
Film making success
✧ Our 200-level German language students won 1st prize in the university category of the ShortFilmFest 2012 for students of German in New Zealand. This is an annual film competition organized by ilep's (International Languages Exchanges and Pathways) National Advisor for German, the Goethe-Institut, and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Wellington. The theme of this year's competition was "Es war einmal…" (Once upon a time), in honour of the 200th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of fairy tales by the brothers Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm.
✧ 300-level Japanese language students Horst Yen-Chih, Oliver Hutchinson, Edwin Yu, and Maria Sipa won the award for the most entertaining video in the tertiary division of the Video Matsuri Contest, organised by the Japan Foundation in Sydney. Their video was entitled Anzuruna! NZ ha Kou Yarunda! (No Worries! This is the NZ way!). It was the only video from New Zealand to receive an award in this division.
Recently published books
by staff of the School of Languages and Cultures. Read more >>