by: AUT University • 29
The Te Whanake app is a rich collection of resources for Māori language learners and teachers. It encompasses all of the Te Whanake resources in a structured programme that uses all parts of the resources at the appropriate time in the learners’ language development. This is a major step in improving the programme for learners and teachers from beginner through to the advanced level. Te Whanake is designed for Māori language classes, but could also be used by learners who are unable to join an appropriate Māori language class.
The Te Whanake app currently contains Te Whanake 1 Te Kākano, the first textbook in the series of four – other levels may be added over time. Each level will pull material from the textbook, study guide, animations, podcasts, exercise sheets and the TV programmes of the Te Whanake series. For example, one grammar point will have some wording largely taken from the textbook, and be supported by a number of resources from within the series to help with learning of that grammar point. Illustrations from the textbooks are also used. The app essentially contains all the content from the printed textbook, plus all the additional resources for each grammar point.
You can preview part of Te Kākano or purchase the full programme through the in-app purchase.
The Te Whanake series is a set of learning resources to develop Māori language ability from beginner through to advanced levels. It is a popular set of resources that have been used by teachers and learners in many secondary and tertiary Māori language classes for over 25 years. During that time a wide range of resources catering for all aspects of Māori language learning have been added, thus providing a rich programme for learners.
Beyond this app, the Te Whanake series contains a comprehensive set of hard copy print Māori language learning resources, including: four textbooks with three complementary study guides; recorded audio and video listening and speaking exercises to accompany each chapter of the four textbooks; three teachers’ manuals; and a Māori dictionary and index to the content of the series for learners and teachers. The series is designed to take learners from the beginner through to the advanced levels. You can find out more about the Te Whanake series on the website www.tewhanake.maori.nz.