Education Perfect: Te Reo Māori

The Education Perfect platform can support the acquisition of basic Māori so that teachers are able to role-model linguistic and cultural inclusivity, with the confidence that they know how to say the words, and what they mean. We currently offer the following learning opportunities

Getting Started in Māori

This is an entry level course for students of any age who are at the beginning of their learning journey with Te Reo Māori. It has been designed to be used by students who may not have a lot of class time for their language learning and who may not have a teacher who is a specialist in Te Reo Māori. We understand the need to adapt these resources for different Iwi and Hapū, so we can show you how to adapt the content to suit your own needs. 

Click here for a full outline for this course.

Ideas for implementing our Getting Started in Māori courses

  • This course could be used as a learning tool for any beginner level Māori class in your school whether it is primary or secondary level.
  • In a primary or Intermediate school it could be used as part of the homeroom/general classroom programme as a way of integrating some Māori language into your programmes.
  • In a secondary school it could be used in a specific Māori language class whether it is an optional subject or compulsory.
  • In a secondary school it could also be used in a form class/tutor group environment to encourage all students in the school to learn Te Reo Māori even if there isn't allocated class time.

Expanding your Reo Māori

This is a beginner level course with 10 units that are most suitable for year 9-11 students who are learning Te Reo Māori as one of their option subjects, where they would have 2-3 hours a week allocated to it  for the whole year. Each unit contains vocabulary practice, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing and speaking practice. It is great for consolidation of skills especially pronunciation, sentence structure and the appropriate use of macrons, plus building  confidence with spelling.

An extensive vocabulary learning platform

This is made up of a large variety of vocabulary lists which students can learn in 5 different modes: Listening, Reading, Dictation, Writing and Speaking. This is an engaging and effective way for students to master vocabulary learning. The speaking mode offers a way of mastering pronunciation. Teachers are also able to customise vocabulary lists which allows them to bring in regional vocabulary and dialects. 

Learning Te Reo Māori for teachers

Due to popular demand, we have developed this course for teachers to become more confident in understanding and using Te Reo Māori.  For this we have re-organised our Getting Started in Māori course in a way that optimises its usefulness for teachers.

Te Reo Māori for teachers is organised under the following headings: 

  • Part one: Getting Started in Māori
  • Part two: Useful Expressions for the Classroom and the Playground
  • Part three: More useful Language
  • Part four: Essential Māori protocols
  • Part five: Pronunciation

Here is a video which explains the content we have available:

Background about the author of our Getting Started in Māori course

The person who has written this course has been teaching in Māori Medium education for over 15 years in all sectors - Kōhanga, Primary, Secondary, Kura Kaupapa, right up to Polytech, University and Wānanga level.

His Iwi affiliations are: Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Toarangatira (both iwi are based in the lower West Coast of the North Island), Ngāti Kahungunu (East Coast of the North Island) and Ngāi Tahu (South Island).

NZ Māori Competition

As part of our advocacy for the study and use of Te Reo Māori in school communities, we hold an annual Māori Language Competition during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.  This competition has been a huge success and will take place again in 2020.

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