Kia ora! Talofa! Mālō e lelei! Hello!: Learning about Bilingual Education in New Zealand

Kia ora! Talofa! Mālō e lelei! Hello!: Learning about Bilingual Education in New Zealand

Date
Monday, 07 August 2017

It was an encounter beyond their imagination. When a group of BA(Ed) (Malay Language) student teachers stepped into Finlayson Park School, they were greeted by the entire school complete with the traditional Powhiri welcome – speeches, dancing, singing and hongi (rubbing of the noses!).

The visit was part of an enrichment programme of a Year 4 course, AAD40B Bilingual Learners and Bilingual Education. Two days at Finlayson Park School and a day at Westmere School. Our student teachers interacted with the students and teachers in and outside the classrooms and learned on-site how these schools nurtured young bilinguals in either English-Maori, English-Samoan or English-Tongan. A unique feature is the use of two languages as mediums of instruction for all content subjects.

We wrapped up our visit with an interactive discussion session with bilingual education experts from the University of Auckland.

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Source: ALC, Auckland Schools Visit 7-10 August 2017