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smc foundation diploma – Te Reo Māori


Entry Recommendations: Completion of Year 10 Te Reo Māori or in consultation with the Head of Faculty.

This course is designed for Māori language learners who have one or preferably two years of Māori language learning and prepares students for NCEA Level 2. The Year 11 programme emphasises communication in a cultural framework of Te Ao Māori, through the development of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students learn to communicate about familiar situations and topics, such as the people and events in their lives, home and school routines, holidays, sport and wellbeing , whānau and marae. They acquire language to communicate about present, past, and future events, learning how to express an opinion, and justify a viewpoint. They will be introduced to the special qualities of Māori pūrākau, oratory, waiata, tikanga and traditional crafts, within and alongside a level of language competence equivalent or higher than that achieved at NCEA level 1.

Principles of Mātauranga Māori will underpin the cultural content, and the acquisition of Te Reo Māori will be celebrated as a taonga for all New Zealanders, a taonga carried by students of Te Reo Māori who are contributing to the process of Aotearoa honouring its bi-cultural heritage in an increasingly multi-cultural context. Connections with other learning areas will be explored where collaboration will deepen the learning.


All four skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing) will be assessed in this course.

There will be four assessment opportunities/events.

Listening and reading will be assessed in Terms 1 and 3.

Speaking and writing will be assessed through work towards manu kōrero in Term 2 with no requirement that the student stand in the competition,  and through an end of course presentation in Term 4, which will be open to whānau.

junior and middle school girls