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Lea faka-Tonga

Tongan Language Week

Mālō e lelei!     

Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga theme is Fakakoloa Aotearoa 'aki 'a e faiva 'a e Tonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan arts.

Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga is a great opportunity to acknowledge the lea faka-Tonga speakers in your classroom and wider school community.  Celebrating a language week like this raises the status of speakers of lea faka-Tonga in the eyes of other students and reinforces the advantages of bilingualism in the school community. With a rich resource of language speakers at your disposal, it will be easy to find experts that can help your school to celebrate Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga through language and the arts.

lea faka-Tonga and the visual arts

Tonga has a real strength in both traditional and contemporary art, and there are many examples of it here in Aotearoa.  From tatoo, to woven mats and tapa, traditional images and techniques from Tonga can be seen in contemporary art. Combine this with Tongan dance and music and there are many art contexts that you can use to explore language this Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga

Tagata Pasifika: Tongan Art
A group of contemporary Tongan artists talk to Tangata Pasifika about how their art represents their culture in a New Zealand context.

In finding out more about contemporary Tongan New Zealand artists, students can examine the influence language has on the work of the artist, and the influence art has on enriching New Zealand life. 

Pasifika Dance, provides relevant learning experiences from Arts Online for looking at this year's language week theme.

Language resources

Useful apps

These are some apps often used for ESOL learners.  Why not flip your teaching and use them to teach some lea faka-Tonga language skills? Using these kinds of technologies enable children to connect their learning with parents and the wider school community - even a school in Tonga if that's what you want to do. Once the children are familiar with the apps themselves, why not invite in some lea faka-Tonga speakers from the community, or your local secondary school lea faka-Tonga language class, to come and teach the children some language skills?

A chance to record language quickly and easily, especially when trying to learn conversational language.

Comic Life
A cartoon creation tool that provides learners with a lot of visual support.

Show me
A tool where you can draw on your screen while recording a narration. You can also load an iPhoto picture to draw and narrate over.

Book Creator for iPad
Create your own books on the iPad in an iBook format. You can also record yourself into the books. These can then be shared and uploaded to the web.

Turn your photos into a narrated slideshow.

Language learning

Digital dialects – Tongan
Online games to help with building vocabulary and learning the Tongan language.

Tongan for beginners
A series of seven lessons for beginners learning the Tongan language.

Lea faka-Tonga storybooks
Six storybooks, written to cover basic language topics and schools, with associated teacher support material.

Tongan Language Week 2015
A discussion with some of Aotearoa's most famous Tongan New Zealanders about the importance of holding onto their language.