Te Ao Māori For Professionals Course: FAQs

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Below we have answered some of the frequently asked questions regarding our Te Ao Māori for Professionals online course. 

What (levels) does this course cover? 

Our Professionals course is developed for beginner to intermediate learners. It comprises 3 principle Kete Kōrero or  Kits of Knowledge. Within each Kete Kōrero is a dedicated selection of Muka (learning modules) with a range of topic specific akoranga (lessons) covering and unpacking essential language and cultural lessons. 

These include: 

  • Pronunciation (The Māori Alphabet, Aotearoa NZ place names etc), Speaking Practice (the ability to record yourself and compare your pronunciation with a model answer), Basic Vocabulary Practice on a range of kaupapa (topics), Mihimihi - Introducing oneself, Common objects found in the workplace + areas within a work environment, Corporate roles and useful language, Email Starters and Sign Offs, Feelings and asking how someone is and responding appropriately, The Weather, Time, Family & the Home environment, Days of the Week, Months of the Year, Grammar - tense markers and common sentence structures, Figurative language - Whakataukī (Proverbs) & Kīwaha (Idioms). 
  • Cultural practices including; Pōwhiri (formal welcome procedure), Mihi Whakatau (informal encounters) and Tikanga (general etiquette). 
  • Aotearoa NZ History - Polynesian migration, Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi), Matariki (The Māori New Year celebration & star constellation) and much more...

Note: Learning material is constantly being revised & updated (based on feedback & needs).

For a full overview of course content click here.

Micro-credentials & Certificate of Completion

We offer micro-credentials to our course participants. Once you have completed the contents of a particular Kete Kōrero you can request to be validated with a certificate. There are 3 micro-credentials on offer, one for each Kete Kōrero. Once you have completed all requirements of the course (all 3 Kete Kōrero), your efforts will be acknowledged with a Certificate of CompletionThese awards can then be used as evidence of your professional development in this area.

How do I access the course learning material?

You must have a paid student account with EP to access the Professionals' course. This can be done by purchasing an individual licence or by enrolling your team. 

There are 2 subscription options available at an introductory price of:

  • 6 months access - $79 (+GST) per account (Approximately 1.5 hours of dedicated study per week).
  • 12 months access - $129 (+GST) per account.

* 12 months access is to the same learning material. The option of additional time gives your employees a higher chance of completing all requirements of the course.

You can sign up or register your interest here.

Here are some step by step instructions to help you navigate to the Te Ao Māori for Professional course learning material:

  1. Log in to the platform using your student account details by going to www.educationperfect.com and clicking on the 'Login' button (top right). You can also login via our app EP Student - downloadable from the App Store on your mobile device.
  2. You will be prompted to change your password.
  3. Once in, you will enter the Student Portal. Click on the subject/flag 'Māori' and then 'Browse All Content'.
  4. Inside you will find 3 Kete containing Muka which will house scaffolded, topic-specific lessons. Start your learning by accessing the 'Begin your journey HERE' folder. Following the completion of the short on-boarding lesson inside, you can work through lessons within Kete 1-3 in any order. 

Can a nominated employee within our company facilitate our involvement in the course? 

Yes. An employee or senior leader who overlooks the professional development of kaupapa Māori within your organisation can be set as an administrator (however this is not essential - EP can facilitate and manage your employees' involvement in our course). If the option of using an in-house facilitator is chosen, they will be able to check staff progress, assign tasks to their colleagues from the Te Ao Māori course and also reset passwords for their team, if needed.

What are Smart Lessons & Vocabulary Lists on EP? 

Smart Lessons are our scaffolded learning activities. These lessons are indicated by a Yellow Lightbulb icon. Within these lessons, you will find Information slides with the Learning Outcomes for the lesson, an introduction to any new terms, sentence structures and concepts and a range of interactive questions to consolidate this knowledge. Vocabulary Lists (or Translation Lists) are a list of new vocabulary for a particular topic. These are identified by a Blue Icon. There are 5 Learning Modes that you can choose to learn new words when working through a Vocabulary List: Reading, Listening, Dictation, Writing & Speaking. 

Do I need to complete the lessons in the course marked as ‘Optional’? 

No. These lessons are purely there as an extension or additional challenge once you have completed the core requirements of the course. 

What do I do when I've finished the course? 

Firstly check your progress by ensuring each Smart Lesson has been completed (indicated by a green tick located to the right of each lesson). The terms within Vocabulary Lists (blue icons) only need to be completed to a 1 or 2 star rating. Click here for more information on tracking your progress. Once you have finished each of the lessons and vocabulary lists, please email our team at support@educationperfect.com to be checked.

Who wrote the content? 

The majority of the content for our Te Ao Māori courses has been written and produced by our Head of Kaupapa Māori, Te Rau Winterburn. Te Rau is a Primary trained level 1 immersion teacher and has over 15 years of experience working in Māori-medium settings from Primary through to University & Wānanga levels. Te Rau is of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa descent.

Please reach out to our Support Team at support@educationperfect.com if you have any further questions about this course! :) 
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