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Teaching and learning Cook Islands Māori

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The Cook Islands Māori Language Guidelines

Te Kaveinga o Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani: The Cook Islands Māori Language Guidelines is a welcome update to the suite of language curriculum guidelines supporting the Learning Languages area of The New Zealand Curriculum.

The development of guidelines for the teaching and learning of Cook Islands Māori began in 2000. Underpinning this work has been the close working relationship between the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, the Cook Islands Māori community in New Zealand, and representatives of the Cook Islands Ministry of Education. The close collaboration with Cook Islands Māori people both in New Zealand and in the Cook Islands strengthened and supported the work. In 2004, the Ministry published Cook Islands Māori in the New Zealand Curriculum.

Te Kaveinga o Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani: The Cook Islands Māori Language Guidelines is designed to support the teaching and learning of the Cook Islands Māori language as an additional language in New Zealand early childhood and school settings. It sets out the competencies that learners need in order to communicate effectively in te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani. Suggestions for the teaching and learning of the Cook Islands Māori language in early childhood and school settings are included.

Learning Languages series

Explore I-E-Ko-Ko! An Introduction to Cook Islands Māori. This new multi-media resource supports the teaching and learning of Cook Islands Māori as an additional language at Years 7 to 10, providing a language-teaching programme that can be used by teachers, including teachers who do not speak Cook Islands Māori or know how to teach languages.

I-E-KO-KO! includes:

  • twenty units, of three lessons each (two of the twenty are revision units)
  • a range of language suitable for years 7–10 at levels 1 and 2 of the curriculum
  • video and audio support to engage learners and demonstrate how fluent speakers use the language
  • lesson plans that could be linked to opportunities for learners to enjoy reading Cook Islands Māori texts.

Six storybooks have been developed especially to support the Learning Languages Series resource I-E-KO-KO! An Introduction to Cook Islands Māori. Each story gives students opportunities to extend their language and cultural knowledge and to practise reading the target language of specific units in I-E-KO-KO!

To order I-E-Ko-Ko! An Introduction to Cook Islands Māori, item number 33004, email orders@thechair.minedu.govt.nz or phone 0800 226 440.


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