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Ideas for communication around and through Web 2.0 can be in a vast array of languages. Language learners and teachers are increasingly recognising computer mediated communication and multimedia as key factors in learning the mechanics of the language, as well as for connecting learners, encouraging students to create their own artefacts, and enhancing the exploration of socio-cultural aspects of language. Te reo Māori is one such example (click HERE to access a literature review around eLearning and Te Reo Māori and Kaupapa Māori education).
The following represents a brief selection from a large range of ideas, exemplars, resources and tools for te reo Māori. Please make recommendations around other resources you may have found useful, and share any feedback you may have about those mentioned below.
Ideas for learners
You may find it useful if you are unfamiliar with some of the concepts of Māori learning as Māori you may find it useful to watch this video (by Mark Dashper) as it gives a valuable overview of some key principles that, when combined, provide a programme suited to Māori and Pakeha alike.
To watch this video please click here
Ngā whakaaro mō Te Wiki Reo Māori – Ideas for Māori Language Week: The introduction to these ideas reads “No matter what your level of fluency, there are many things you can do to celebrate te reo Māori. Of course, you can try these suggestions all year round, but Māori Language Week is a great time to start!”. The page goes on to make over 20 suggestions, with links to supporting resources and sites. There is also a language club that enables students to make contact with other learners.
For learners making their own resources, these two short videos – Let’s go out and eat (by Lucy, Maddy and Darren), and one by Katie, Evie and Fran about a hangi, give a nice example of students working together to create something that they have shared with the world in general, and which can be rated and commented on.
For material for discussions around language and culture, there are a couple of interesting resources that could be used with learners. For example:
- A short, thought-provoking compilation of the voices of “four young people and four elders from sharing their thoughts, fears and hopes for the future of whānau (family), of technology, of te reo…, of environment, of Ngāi Tahu, of our country and of our world”. Other videos from this video stream can be found by clicking HERE.
- With reference to the contemporary influence of the language, Te Reo Māori plays a part in Hollywood blockbuster Avatar is well worth a watch.
- The Channel 9 video: Should Te Reo be a Compulsory language in New Zealand Schools?
- Two short recording entitled: ‘Mauri Tu! Mauri Toa! Mauri Ora!‘, and ‘Ahai‘ which could be used to lead into a discussion around the implementation of Mau Raakau (The Art, Values & Disciplines of Māori Weaponry) into NZ High Schools.
- For images related to Māori life and New Zealand, www.maori.org.nz have a variety of graphics, including clip art and Web art, that can be used (as long as the source is acknowledged). For a wider range of resource types, including multimedia, the University of Otago Library has compiled a useful list.
Effective practice: Some examples
- Te Manu Aute: A centre for the gifted and talented in the arts is an initiative in Northland designed and built around Māori principles of ako. Well worth having a look around the site and watching some of the presentations.
This site has a rich selection of resources, some of which are interactive. Learners can, for example, click on a word and hear the pronunciation, then test their knowledge with online activities. There are also sections suitable for beginners and advanced learners, as well as for businesses. A great place to find out about protocols as well. There is also a downloadable resource with language learning strategies.
To access a full 15 modules of multimedia rich, interactive resources to help you learn te reo Māori, try Te Whanake Animations. Each module begins with an animated movie and is then followed by activities and exercises related to what you see in the movie. If you don’t like learning alone, there is also a discussion forum where you can contact other learners of te reo Māori. To complement these modules you could get podcasts downloaded directly on to your mp3 player or mobile phone – try Maori Avatar for starters.
There is a reasonable selection of online resources around the meanings and pronunciation of Te Reo Māori on the Internet. Some of the best include really clear videos that show the mouth shape as well as the audio, (from www.maorilanguage.net who also have a You Tube channel you can subscribe to), which model the pronunciation of the vowels and consonants. The site also has an annotated list of links to online dictionaries and translators, and a range of commons phrase ‘drills’.
For more than just a definition, Te Aka has “encyclopaedic entries including the names of plants and animals (especially native and endemic species), stars, planets and heavenly bodies, important Māori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups and ancestral canoes. Māori names for institutions, country names, place names and other proper names are also provided. There are also explanations of key concepts central to Māori culture. Comprehensive explanations for grammatical items are included, with examples of usage, as are idioms and colloquialisms with their meanings and examples. These have all been included because they are important in communicating in a Māori context, and contribute to understanding and speaking the language in a natural way” (http://www.maoridictionary.co.nz/). Want to test if you remember those vocabulary words? The Digital Dialects site has some online quizzes (for animals, numbers and common vocabulary) that are quite fun to do, and they self-check as you go through, although you don’t get a ‘score’ at the end.
Māori television and Māori radio are both good sources of authentic language, but would need scaffolding for early learners, and it would be a good idea to have some sort of task associated, such as a blog post about a programme enjoyed in a specific week, which is then shared with other learners.
Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) – The Online Learning Centre have a wide range of multimedia and interactive resources, related to Māori Education including myths, dance, ancient civilisations, collaboration and cooperation, and dramatic performance – to name but a few!
Initiatives / Creative Projects
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