Te Timatanga/Introduction to Maori Language

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Te Timatanga/Introduction to Maori Language

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Languages, Maori, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is an introduction to the Maori language for those who have little or no previous experience of the Maori language or culture. In MAOR 101 students work to develop a foundation of basic Maori language speaking, reading and writing skills, approximately equivalent to NCEA Level 1. The course covers the fundamentals of Maori pronunciation, learning vocabulary and basic sentence structures, karakia, waiata, and mihimihi. This course includes a noho marae component.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1 pronounce te reo M?ori accurately and confidently
    2 demonstrate receptive and productive competency with regards to a key set of basic structures in te reo M?ori consistent with the material covered in the course
    3 use their knowledge of basic structures of M?ori to accurately translate short passages, to create new sentences and to recognise and correct errors in their own and others? language
    4 recognise, understand and appropriately use a minimum of 200 new words in both oral and written forms, as presented in this course
    5 recognise, understand and appropriately use a minimum of 20 idiomatic phrases covered in the course, and
    6 recognise, understand and perform with confidence the karakia and waiata presented in this course.
    Each of these skills will be developed through the duration of this course. The
    assessments will measure your productive and receptive language skills
    throughout the course. Marking criteria for each of these tasks can be found in
    your course reader.

    100% internal assessment.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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