What is learning languages about?

Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo, te tuakiri tangata.

Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako.

Learning a new language provides a means of communicating with people from another culture and exploring one’s own personal world.

Languages are inseparably linked to the social and cultural contexts in which they are used. Languages and cultures play a key role in developing our personal, group, national, and human identities. Every language has its own ways of expressing meanings; each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users.

This learning area provides the framework for the teaching and learning of languages that are additional to the language of instruction. Level 1 of the curriculum is the entry level for students with no prior knowledge of the language being learned, regardless of their school year

Focus for Learners

● to enable children to understand and become familiar with other languages.

● to enable children to understand and become familiar with other cultures.

Programming of Learning

• Learning programmes will provide learning opportunities, either as a specialized area or using an integrated approach.

• Learning programmes will provide the learning of the basics of other languages.

• Learning programmes will provide the opportunity for the students to compare and contrast between other cultures and their culture.

• These learning programmes will give the students a glimpse of the world.

Assessment and Evaluation

This should be carried out by both teacher and child to assess:

• Pupil achievement and growth

• Changes in children’s interests and attitudes

• The effectiveness of the programme

• Pupil potential

• AO’s covered will be tracked over time.

School Organisation

Syndicate leaders will provide support in this curriculum area.

Te Whakataukī ā Te Kura o Te Teko

Tauaki te tū, taiki te rere, Ōkōrero kia mau"