Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki
Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13
Learning te reo Māori helps students to grow as learners. They discover more ways of learning, more ways of knowing, and more about their own capabilities. They may become more reflective as they compare what they know of their first language with what they are learning in te reo Māori. They ask questions and challenge themselves. They learn how to learn.
Studies show that students who speak more than one language perform, in a number of ways, at higher levels than those who speak only one. For example:
Students who develop equivalent skills in more than one language tend to be more creative and better at solving complex problems than those who don’t and also to score higher than monolingual students in verbal and non-verbal tests.
Ministry of Education, 2002, p.10