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‘O Junior ‘o le Ui‘i


na tūsia e Marisa Maepu

This story supports Matā‘upu 15 (Tā‘aloga / Sports and games).

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Text features

The language features of this story include:

  • a simple narrative told in the present tense
  • repeated phrases, for example, ‘A mātou, e lē mafai ona, tele ‘o ia
  • different sports and activities, for example, lakapī, tāmomo‘e, volipolo, ‘a‘au
  • the use of ta‘a‘alo with sports and ō e with activities
  • adjectives, for example, la‘itiiti, telegese, pu‘upu‘u, fiafia, pele
  • the possessive pronoun mātou.

The cultural features of this story include:

  • the theme of a close and loving ‘āiga in which grandparents play an important role.

Supports and challenges

Students who have completed Matā‘upu 7 and Matā‘upu 15 of Mua Ō! may find it easy to:

  • identify different members of a family, their roles, and their relationships with others
  • identify the vocabulary for sports and activities.

These students may find it challenging to:

  • understand some new vocabulary, phrases, and sentences (these are in the book’s glossary).

Planning: Teaching as inquiry

Consider your students’ interests and their ability to read in gagana Sāmoa at this level and choose activities that provide appropriate content and support. Assess and reflect on the effectiveness of your teaching and the students’ learning, then plan next steps.

Curriculum links and links to Mua Ō! An Introduction to Gagana Sāmoa

The New Zealand Curriculum: Learning Languages

Students will receive and produce information. (levels 1 and 2)

Ta‘iala mo le Gagana Sāmoa: The Gagana Sāmoa Guidelines

Students will:

  • respond to and use gagana Sāmoa texts (level 1)
  • communicate about people, places, and things (level 2).

Mua Ō! An Introduction to Gagana Sāmoa

Matā‘upu 15

Students will be able to recognise and use gagana Sāmoa to … talk about sports and games.

A possible teaching goal

Students will be able to understand and produce sentences about what sports and activities someone cannot play or do.

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