MAORI111-19C (TGA)

Te Reo Māori: Introductory 1

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Paper Description

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This course is intended for students with little or no prior knowledge of the Māori language. Classroom activities are aimed at developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, with a particular emphasis on interpersonal communication skills. Priority will be given to the development of oral communication competency and listening skills. The focus will be on basic everyday language like greetings, farewells, family relationships, counting, time, talking about a trip, giving and receiving commands and talking about your likes and dislikes. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to understand language that has a familiar pattern, recognise new words and be able to interact in a communicative way with predictable exchanges. Learners will also develop an awareness of the language learning process. The medium of delivery favours a bilingual approach and the teaching strategies are based on Māori pedagogical practices and communicative language teaching methodology where possible.
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Paper Structure

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This paper will be taught for four weeks, each week you will be introduced to new words and sentence constructions which will help develop and build on your language. In week one you will be introduced to te reo Māori, whakawhanaungatanga (getting to know each other), getting acquainted with some of the services the university provides. In week one you will also be introduced to the whakapapa o te ao Māori, o te reo Māori, o te tangata, learn how to give a mihi and introduce/talk about your whānau (family). During week two/three you will begin learning the vocabulary and sentence constructions for talking about a trip. In week four you will learn about expressing your thoughts and intentions with basic verbal structures, discussing likes & dislikes and using appropriate whakakāhoretanga/negatives in context.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
    • Mihi me te poroporoaki i te tangata – greet, and farewell; Me mohio kia pewhea te mihi i te tangata - understand ways of thanking people, apologising, excusing themselves, and complimenting people
    • Korero mou ake – introduce, answer and communicate about yourself-name, age, nationality, & home; Korero i to whakapapa/korero mo to whanau - speak about family tree & family relationships
    • Korero mo te utu, te hoko me te kaute – talk about costs, buying things, & counting; Whakamarama i te taima, me etahi mea- ask and tell the time, & identify objects
    • Korero mo te wahi – talk about present and past location; Korero mo nga mahi/wa mua/wa tu/wa heke – talk about past, present and future actions.
    • Korero whakahau – give/receive commands/orders
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Kōrero ā-waha 1/ Oral test 1
8 Mar 2019
9:00 AM
  • Presentation: In Class
2. Te Whakamātautau Whakarongo (Listening test)
15 Mar 2019
9:00 AM
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Kōrero ā-waha 2/ Oral test 2
22 Mar 2019
9:00 AM
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Whakamātautau ā-waha (Oral Test)
26 Mar 2019
9:00 AM
  • Other:
5. Te Whakamātautau Nui (Written Test)
28 Mar 2019
9:00 AM
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Moorfield, John C. (2001). Te Kakano. Auckland: Longman Paul Ltd.

*IPods, MP3 players etc will be an excellent resource for downloading all of the tape recordings/podcasts from the internet site of Te Whanake. these resources are free.

Biggs, B. (1973). Let's Learn Maaori. A Guide to the Study of the Maaori Language. Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed.

Biggs, B. (1981). Complete English - Maaori Dictionary. Auckland University Press; [Wellington, N.Z.]: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Cleave, P., Mataira, K., & Pere, R. (1978). Oxford Maori Picture Dictionary. He Pukapuka Kupuahua Maori. Wellington [N.Z.]: Oxford University Press.

Maori Language Commission. (1992). Te Matatiki. Wellington: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo.

Ngata, Hori M. (1993). English - Maori Dictionary. Wellington: Learning Media Ltd.

Reed Books (2001). The Essential Maori Dictionary. Auckland: Reed.

Williams, H.W. (1971). A Dictionary of the Maori Language. Wellington: Govt. Printer.

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Other Resources

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Online te reo Maori learning programmes can be found at:

Podcasts, videos, and resources - these resources can be downloaded using your IPods, MP3 players etc and these resources are free.

Kimikupu Hou – Maori word database -

Kōrerohia te reo Maori, ahakoa ki hea, āhea rānei!

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Online Support

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This paper is supported by Moodle. Moodle is the eLearning platform of this university that is used to foster student interaction related to learning. This paper (MAORI111) can be accessed by visiting
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E tika ana kia whakapau ō koutou kaha ki te whakatutuki i ngā mahi/aromatawai i mua i ō koutou aroaro, kaua e pōhēhē ka taea ngā mahi/aromatawai katoa te whakaoti atu i roto tonu i ngā karaehe akoako. Me whakapau hāora atu anō: Students are encouraged to study every night for at least two hours (where possible). Do not be mistaken that the hours during class time will be sufficient learning time, use this time to:

- Titiro ki ngā mahi whakaū, ki ngā Mahi Parakitihi. Complete consolidation tasks not completed in class.

- Rangahaua ngā kaupapa mō te kōrero-ā-waha. Research topics, constructions and new words for oral tests and practice for oral test.

- Hoki whakamuri ki te titiro ki ngā mahi kua tirohia kētia (mō te whakamātautau-ā-tuhi). Practise all new sentence constructions learnt during class time.

- Āta pānui i ngā kōrero kua puta mai i te karaehe akoako. Read, learn and revise any material brought up in tutorial classes.

- Me parakitihi i ngā kōrero kua ara ake anō a roto o te karaehe akoako. Revise any work covered in class.

- Me ako i ngā kupu hou. Learn new words.

Course HoursWeekly Hours
Lectures - 87.5 hoursLectures17.5 hours
Tutorials - 20 hoursTuts4 hours
Tests- 4.5 hoursIndependent Study7.5 hours
Independent Study - 38 hours
Total 150 hours
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is a prerequisite for MAORI112 Te reo Māori: Introductory 2
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Restricted papers: REOM111

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