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Guide to Pacific resources

Issue: Volume 99, Number 20

Posted: 3 December 2020
Reference #: 1HAFDJ

Are you looking for resources in Pacific languages? Here’s a quick guide to where to look for the resources published by the Ministry of Education.

Guide to pacific resourcesWhen the Department of Education became the Ministry of Education in 1989, it immediately began to publish resources in Pacific languages for New Zealand schools.

In the 30 years since, the Ministry has published hundreds of books, posters, DVDs and videos, and CDs and MP3 files for students in Pacific languages as well as school journals in gagana Sāmoa – plus curriculum guidelines, teacher support material, and teaching kits for teachers – and pamplets and other support material for families in Pacific languages and English.

Among these resources is Epi Swan’s book Nonu (also published in gagana Tokelau as Ko te Nonu), the first book published for the Ministry of Education to be short-listed for a Children’s Book of the Year Award, and a set of over 100 Years 1–3 dual-language resources in five Pacific languages and English that recently won a SunPix Pacific Peoples Award.

As you would expect, some of the earlier material is now out of print, but here’s where to look for what’s available at the moment. While this isn’t everything that’s available, these are the best places to start.

Early childhood to Year 13 guidelines

Te Kaveinga o te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani: The Cook Islands Māori Language Guidelines (item 34156)

Ta‘iala mo le Gagana Sāmoa: The Gagana Sāmoa Guidelines (item 33411)

Ko e Fakahinohino ki he Lea Faka-Tonga: The Tongan Language Guidelines (item 34154)

Tau Hatakiaga ma e Vagahau Niue: The Niue Language Guidelines (item 34155)

Gagana Tokelau: The Tokelau Language Guidelines (item 33395).

Early childhood

The Pacific dual-language books for early learning are dual-language picture books to read to three- and four-year-olds. In five Pacific languages (and English), the series includes support material for kaiako and dual-language pamphlets for families, as well as eBook and audio versions. For more about these resources, go to the PELP section on the Te Whāriki TKI(external link) site.

Some of the Participation series and Tupu series early childhood resources in Pacific languages are still available. Go to Down the Back of the Chair(external link) and search by language.

Years 1–3

The Supporting Pasifika learners through dual language texts are resources for bilingual learners in junior classes.

In five Pacific languages (and English), the series includes support material for teachers on cross-linguistic transfer of early reading skills and dual-language pamphlets for families, as well as audio versions of many of the books. For more about these resources, go to the Literacy Online TKI(external link) site.

Some of the Tupu junior class resources in Pacific languages are still available too, including Ko te Nonu (item 5731). Go to Down the Back of the Chair and search by language.

Years 4–6

Production has just commenced on new resources in gagana Sāmoa and lea faka-Tonga for bilingual classes, so watch this space.

Selected Years 4–6 Tupu resources are still available in five Pacific languages through Down the Back of the Chair, some of which we’ve recently reprinted. Search by language and check in your resource room to see if you hold copies of back issues of Fōlauga, our school journal in gagana Sāmoa.

Years 7–10

Five Pacific languages are among the languages offered in the Learning Languages Series (LLS). These resources include resource kits for teaching the languages that include lesson plans, photocopy masters, CDs, and DVDs – and sets of readers at appropriate reading levels while on topics of interest to young teenagers.

For more about these resources, go to the Learning Languages TKI(external link) site. A set of LLS readers in gagana Tokelau has recently been added.

Some Years 7–10 Tupu resources are still available in five Pacific languages through Down the Back of the Chair. Search by language and check in your resource room to see if you hold copies of back issues of Fōlauga Ualoa, the school journal published in gagana Sāmoa at this interest level.

Years 11–13

Go to the NZQA website for NCEA resources for teaching and learning in Years 11–13:

Gagana Sāmoa(external link).

Lea faka-Tonga(external link).

Te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani(external link).

Vagahau Niue(external link).

Action plans

The Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020–2030 can be found on the Ministry of Education(external link) website.

Takiala Pasifika 2020–2023, the New Zealand Qualification Authority’s action plan can be found on the NZQA(external link) website.

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero, reporter@edgazette.govt.nz

Posted: 11:36 am, 3 December 2020

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