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Ministry of Education Pasifika and ESOL resources

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Pasifika resources

Pasifika language resources 
A selection of resources focused on the pedagogy of Pasifika language teaching.

Student reading materials in Pasifika languages

The Tupu series provides reading materials in Sāmoan, Tongan, Cook Islands Māori, Niue language, and Tokelauan, which include books and audio recordings suitable for early childhood, primary, and secondary school learners. Although no longer being published, it is still worthwhile looking for these books in your school resource room. 

The Folauga series provides students’ reading material in Sāmoan mainly for the primary area, but some issues can be used in secondary. 

Folauga and the Tupu series are both accompanied by teachers’ notes that are linked to the relevant curriculum guidelines and reflect best practice principles for language learning.

The Pasifika songbooks and accompanying CDs

  • Fātuga Fa‘asāmoa i Aotearoa: Sāmoan Songs (2000)
  • ‘E Au ‘Īmene Kūki ‘Airani nō Tātou i Aotearoa nei: Cook Island Songs (2002)
  • Hiva, Ta‘anga, mo e Himī ‘i loto Nu‘u Sila: Tongan Songs (2003)
  • Tau Lologo Niue ma e Tau Aoga i Niu Silani: Niuean Songs (2005).

Order these from Down the Back of the Chair.

ESOL resources

English as a Second Langauge Online logo

ESOL Online 
ESOL Online has a great deal of material that is useful to both mainstream teachers of Pasifika students and primary and secondary ESOL teachers.

It also has specific sections for mainstream primary and secondary teachers including: 

  • bilingual achievement certificates to recognise student achievement in various languages, including several Pasifika languages.
  • readings for secondary teachers about matters relating to Pasifika students. The site also has readings for primary teachers.

Learning Progressions
English Language Learning Progressions 
The English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP) explain what ESOL specialists and mainstream teachers need to know about English language learners.

The learning progression documents will help teachers to choose content, vocabulary, and tasks that are appropriate to each learner's age, stage, and language-learning needs. Those needing help may include learners whose first language is English and who need additional language support.

ESOL handbook
Working with English language learners: A handbook for schools 
Helps primary and secondary schools to develop and implement policies and practices that support ESOL students and their families and teachers.

Integrate subject-area learning with language learning
Making Language and Learning Work DVDs
These DVDs show how to integrate subject-area learning (including maths, science, English, social studies) into language learning.

English Language Intensive Programs 
English Language Intensive Programme (ELIP) Primary resource
This is designed to support ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programmes in Years 1-6. 

English Language Intensive Programme (ELIP) Years 7–13 resource
This is designed to support ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programmes for students in years 7–13.

English language intensive programme: years 0–6 and years 7–13
Designed to support ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programmes.

Note that while these guides are not meant to be a complete programs in themselves, each presents guidelines for teachers of ESOL programs by selecting some text examples, language outcomes, and language learning foci for three phases of ESOL training.

Supporting English language learners: PowerPoint, booklets, reading resource
Supporting English Language Learners 2014 (PowerPoint 4MB)
This downloadable PowerPoint – a recently updated ESOL Resources PowerPoint – enables schools to become familiar with the range of materials available to assist English language learners.

The Ministry ESOL resources are organised into the following categories.

  • Literacy teaching and learning documents
  • ESOL funding and programme development
  • Programme provision and monitoring
  • Professional development
  • Supporting diversity and community links
  • Additional resources and online links

Supporting English Language Learning in Primary Schools (SELLIPS)
A resource for mainstream and ESOL teachers consisting of four booklets for different year levels (years 1–8).

Reading resources for English language learners
A selection of useful reading resources to encourage fluency and comprehension in ESOL learners.

Key teacher resources that include ESOL information

The following resources include valuable information that is relevant for ESOL teaching and learning:

Effective Literacy Practice in Years 1 to 4 and Effective Literacy Practice in Years 5 to 8 have specific advice and suggestions about meeting the needs of English-language learners. The section on pages 127–130 of the latter is particularly useful.

Effective Literacy Strategies in Years 9 to 13: A Guide for Teachers is a handbook designed to support secondary school teachers in all subject areas as they learn and teach literacy and thinking strategies to meet the needs of their students. While the book is intended to benefit all teachers of secondary students, teachers with ESOL students will find it particularly useful.

The resource packages Guided Reading (a book, two videos, and a CD for teachers of years 1 to 4) and Guided Reading: Years 5 to 8 (a book and video) explain the use of guided reading as an effective approach for primary school teachers to use with all their students, including ESOL students. The sections on meeting diverse needs and the case studies are especially relevant.


Websites with Pasifika language materials or other Pasifika material. 

Sharing Samoan Heritage
Living Heritage 
An online bilingual space where New Zealand schools can develop and publish online resources based on a heritage treasure in their community. Free participation to all New Zealand schools and open to all age groups.

Education supports and connections
The NCEA on TKI website provides resources with Pasifika content in the subject areas language, mathematics, visual arts, social studies, and art history.

StudyIt is a site for NCEA mathematics, science, and English students. Students can email experts and get study and exam advice and help with revision and practice. They can also exchange views and get encouragement from other students through the forum.

Canterbury Pasifika 
The Canterbury Pasifika education page is a site where Pasifika teachers can share information and resources and generally communicate with one another.

Language resource
Samoan language 
This page has some everyday Samoan language resources. It includes short vocabulary lists of some common Sāmoan words, the colours, and a few borrowed words from English.

Facts and culture
World Factbook
This United States government website features maps and brief descriptions of the geography, people, government, economy, communications, language, and other aspects of Pasifika nations.

Countries and their Cultures: Samoa

An overview of Samoa and Samoan culture.

Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The website of the government of Samoa.