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 2014 the School will become the Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies within the new School of International, Social and Political Science.
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Seminars / Events
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.
ATTENTION all prospective UC students of Intermediate Japanese Language!
Our new course at intermediate level is JAPA215, starting from 2014. This course replaces the previous JAPA153. The course is designed for students who have passed JAPA115 or JAPA116 (previously JAPA142) or equivalent, Bursary Japanese or NCEA Level 3, or who have gained direct entry through a placement test.
Enquiries to Dr Rachel Payne.
More film making success
• Two 300-level students in Japanese, Channelle Carnie and Emily Macfarlane, have won first prize in the tertiary section of the JETAA Video Contest sponsored by the Sasakawa Fund for Japanese Language Education. The theme was 'Where can my Japanese studies lead me?' Their winning entry was a bilingual interview with the Christchurch Project Manager of TransNational. The entry by Elissah Mah was also given an honorary mention.
• JAPA307 students Reece Bassett, Marissa Powell and Fiona Dunton won best comedy at tertiary level in the Video Matsuri Competition (Japan Foundation, Sydney). Their video was entitled "Little New Zealand".
Multiple success for students of German at the NZ ShortFilmFest
For the second year in a row, our 200-level German language students won 1st prize in the university category. While two of our students' films won 1st prize equal, a third UC film was awarded a special prize, and these three as well as a forth film by yet another of our student groups will all be featured on a "Best-Of" DVD to be produced by the organizers of the film fest (Goethe Institut, German Embassy and ILEP - International Languages Exchanges and Pathways).
Congratulations to all our students, who impressed the judges with their high standard of language skills, their creativity and the great effort that they put into producing these winning films.
The Dolls of Japan – The Japan Foundation Travelling Exhibition Abroad, UC Central Library
12-30 August 2013
The exhibition was presented by the Japan Foundation, in co-operation with the UC School of Languages and Cultures, the UC Library and the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch. It was very well received and enjoyed by both the University community and the general public. Poster (PDF, 438KB)
UC-Deutschtag 12 August 2013
Over 40 secondary school students of German and their teachers from the Canterbury area attended a German language immersion afternoon, organised by the German programme of the School of Languages and Cultures and supported by the New Zealand National German Language Adviser, Heike Papenthin, and the Goethe Institut in Wellington.
Prestigious Japanese scholarships
Renee Julian (JAPA205) and Dorian Liebert (JAPA153) have been awarded the 2013 Monbukagakusho Japanese Government Undergraduate scholarships. Recipients of this prestigious scholarship are able to study at a university in Japan for one year, and the cost for the tuition fee, living allowance and airfares to and from Japan are covered. This is the third year in a row that UC students have been awarded this prestigious scholarship, while there were no recipients in New Zealand in 2010.
We would like to congratulate the following students, who have won awards in the Japanese Language Perfect World Championship 2013:
Paige Newport (JAPA153) Gold Award
Daniel Watson (JAPA115) Silver Award
William Trainor (JAPA115) Bronze Award
French Ambassador visits UC
On Friday 14th June, the School of Languages and Cultures hosted a seminar by H.E. Francis Etienne, French Ambassador to New Zealand. UC staff and students listened with great interest to the Ambassador's presentation, which was followed by a lively question and answer session. Mr Etienne highlighted the importance of speaking foreign languages. "I think they are essential. We have to
learn other languages not just because it is exotic and fun but it is a necessity if you want to under-stand partners in the political world, in the business world and in the cultural world," he said.
Read more >> Chronicle Vol. 48-3 (PDF, 1.4MB).
Recently published books
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