Should the fluency of trainee Te Reo Māori teachers be tested?
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Should the fluency of trainee Te Reo Māori teachers be tested?


Teachers’ fluency in Te Reo Maori
should be tested and proven before they’re able to become
Maori language teachers. That is the sentiment shared
by Maori language experts and teachers alike. A challenge to have our teachers’
fluency tested. If you go for a job anywhere there are tests. So what’s the difference? Language advocates and teachers have long been advocating
for such tests to counter the fact there are many Maori teachers
around the country who aren’t fluent. We need the appropriate people conducting the interviews in the first place! I’ve been a part
of many interviews where the people appointing
these positions aren’t strong in the language. Meet the principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori
o Nga Mokopuna. He feels such a test
is appropriate. One must not assume that just because one has a university degree they can speak Maori fluently. Maybe by having a test like this, it will show where their strengths
and weaknesses are. This issue was brought
to the surface by the call from
the University of Auckland to proficiency test
Maori-medium teacher trainees. The problem is it’s already
hard enough to find Maori teachers, and if this was put in place, things will only be made
more difficult. We’re looking for problems
before it’s even established. If the goal is for our children
to be exposed to correct Maori language use, then there is value in that. A challege perhaps to our two
education ministers. Heta Gardiner, Te Karere.

4 Comments

  • Zeb Nicklin

    Whakaaro pai, manohi anō, kāre anō kia eke te wā ki tēnei tū mahi! He angiangi tou nō te kaiako Māori tuawhiti ana te reo. Kia whakarahi ake ngā kaiako reo Māori hai mahi tuatahi kātahi ka huri ki tēnei mahi whakamātauhia ngā kaiako.

  • Zeb Nicklin

    Taku mātakitakinga tuarua tēnei me te toka noa ake anō i aku huatau. E hoa mā, (ki ngā kaikōrero o te kiriata nei) ki te whakamātauhia atu te hunga kaiako āheinga ki te reo, ko rātau kai te mura o te mahi e mahi ana, taku whakapae, kua kore e hipa atu tētahi tino ōrau, me te aha, he aha……???? Ka whakakorea ā rātau raihana? E hoa, kia hurihia te kōrero, whakaaro rāne, arā, me whai ture ki te kaiako whakaako reo Māori, kia wānangananga a ia i ngā Kura Reo mō te rima tau neke atu rānei, waihoki kia tukuna anōhia a ia ki Te Panekiretanga o te Reo! Makere iho nei i ō koutou nā hoiho kaitā nei! Ē, whakamātautau i ō whakaaro, kia tika!

  • Tehui1974

    These tests should be used in the same manner as developmental evaluations. If a teacher has deficiency areas that are highlighted, it should be used to improve their language skills.

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