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Managing mixed-level classes

The activities in Ka Mau te Wehi! have been designed for use with mixed-ability groups. Students who already speak some Māori are a valuable resource and may be used to:

  • model pronunciation for beginners
  • motivate and encourage others
  • lead group activities
  • enhance roleplays and other activities by using more advanced language.

Teachers should avoid using Māori-speaking students to explain grammar points or engage in any formal language teaching. While taking advantage of the expertise that Māori-speaking students can offer, teachers need to be sensitive to the fact that many Māori students have not had exposure to te reo Māori. Care must be taken to avoid accentuating any feelings of inadequacy in these students.

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