Learn Māori with us!
Mā te kahukura, ka rere te manu
The feathers allow the bird to soar to lofty heights.
In our bicultural country, upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a key part of our ongoing journey as a nation. Learning te reo Māori and understanding the tikanga that makes up te ao Māori helps us to connect with our nation’s heritage, to represent our culture accurately, and to create a communal sense of shared understanding. With the inclusion of te reo Māori as a compulsory subject in all schools from 2022, it is important that those of us who did not have that opportunity while growing up seek out our own opportunities to gain knowledge. Education Perfect offers Aotearoa’s most accessible online learning course with specific offerings for professionals, students, and individuals alike.
Why learn te reo Māori online?
There are a huge number of benefits to learning a second language, and as te reo becomes increasingly common throughout the country, learning the basics of the language can help us to grow and evolve as a country. Sir James Henare put it most eloquently when he said; “Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori,” meaning “the language is the life force of Māori prestige”.
There are an increasing number of government and industry-related jobs that require a working knowledge of te reo Māori. The Māori economy really is booming throughout the country, and the next decades will see knowledge of te reo become not only a nice to have but an essential component of being successful in Aotearoa.
What te reo Māori courses does Education Perfect offer?
EP offers three online courses that contain targeted material for those wishing to upskill in te reo; for professionals, for schools, and for anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge.
The material in each is broken down into different kete kōrero (learning modules) and each contains vocabulary, comprehension, writing and speaking activities. The kete are broken up into scaffolded blocks so that they are appropriate for beginner and intermediate level learners, without the need for an expert in te reo Māori to guide them.
What’s in the Learn Māori courses?
Each course is designed specifically for the context in which it operates. For example, our te reo course for professionals focuses on workplace vocabulary and etiquette while our course for schools is more aligned to an educational context. The material you will encounter in our courses covers:
- Te Whakahuatanga: Pronunciation
- He Mihi: General greetings and introductions
- Ngā Ritenga: General etiquette
- Ngā Kare ā-roto: Feelings and asking how someone is
- Mihimihi: Speeches of greeting and interrelationships
- Pōwhiri, Mihi Whakatau: Formal and informal encounters
- Aotearoa NZ’s Histories: Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Matariki
- Te Reo o te Tari: Office language
- Wetereo: Grammar
- Ngā Whakataukī me ngā Kīwaha: Proverbs and idioms
How are the te reo Māori courses delivered?
EP’s proprietary platform is interactive and includes media, quizzes, and aural clips to help with pronunciation and awareness of authentic language usage. Our content banks are based on the strongest pedagogical principles and are fully aligned with the local curriculum. With access via any connected browser or even an app, there is maximum flexibility and the ability to ensure continuity for learners across blended and remote learning experiences.