This thesis is a textbook designed to assist LDS missionaries studying the Samoan language both in a two-month intensive language-learning school (the Missionary Training Center) and in individual study in the Samoan Islands. The thesis is prefaced with a rationale for and explanation of the Missionary Training Center language program and the design and purposes of the text itself.
The textbook contains fifty Samoan language lessons, divided into ten units of five lessons each. At the end of each unit is a review module, or test. Except for two overview lessons (designed to introduce grammatical terms and pronunciation), each of the fifty lessons is either a grammar lesson (consisting of presentation and practice of grammar rules sequenced from simple to complex) or a Speak Your Language lesson (consisting of presentation and practice of phrases, patterns, and vocabulary required for competence in particular notions and situations, sequenced according to the communicative needs of the missionaries). Supplementary material included at the end of the book includes Extra Mile Lessons (additional information on grammar, phrases, patterns, and vocabulary) and two appendices (Samoan songs and a bibliography).
College and Department
Humanities; Linguistics and English Language
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Dunn, Scott C., "Samoan For Missionaries" (1983). Theses and Dissertations. 4655.
Samoan language, Conversation, phrase books, Grammar, Brigham Young University, Missionary Training Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Missionaries, Training
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