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English-Samoan education for American Samoa

English-Samoan education for American Samoa

Updated 20 May 2013, 16:46 AEST

A call for children in American Samoa to be educated in both Samoan and English has been backed up by a New Zealand Samoan academic.

Alfred Hunkin, head of Samoan Studies at Wellington's Victoria University, agrees with the suggestion put forward by the US territory's director of Education, Dr Salu Hunkin-Finau.

The idea is that American Samoan pupils get a grounding in both languages so they retain their Samoan culture while being able to use the world's dominant international language.

Mr Hunkin tells Bruce Hill this is in line with the rise of bilingual education globally.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Alfred Hunkin, head of Samoan Studies at Wellington's Victoria University

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