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  • Nicholas Lekakis 24 Mar 2016 11:12am () in Using Talanoa to connect with parents and students

    Hi Togi

    I even heard recently of some schools and tertiary institutions using it as alternative means of assessment. Seems like it could be a way to rethink a lot of common practices.



  • Nicholas Lekakis 23 Mar 2016 10:51am () in Using Talanoa to connect with parents and students

    Hi all

    We can forget that there are valuable ways to communicate outside of conventional Western models. In professional environments, our meetings are often characterised by a rigid atmosphere. Talanoa is a process of communication that is used by many Pasifika peoples. Its success is based on “interacting without a rigid framework” (Vaiolete, 2006). Its power comes from its emphasis on telling stories and relating our subjective experiences.

    Talanoa provides a different way to connect with Pasifika students and parents, and people from non-Pacific backgrounds through the following four aspects:

    •         Ofa – Love: Sharing each other’s stories and acknowledging all participants.

    •         Mafana – Warmth: Building rapport

    •         Malie – Humour: Strengthening the relationship

    •         Faka’apa’apa – Respect: Growing shared understanding

    It could be used by educators to:

    • conduct parent interviews

    • hold meetings with the community

    • gather feedback from students and parents

    • build trust and rapport with students and parents.


                              Manuatu (2002), Vaioleti (2006),

                          Mahina (1998), Steve Williams (2009)

    Collaborative inquiry using Talanoa – A communication process - Porirua East schools conducted an inquiry to understand and enhance impacts on learning among target students. Teachers used Talanoa to communicate with each other and with students resulting in improved interactions.

    Are there any schools out there that have used Talanoa to build/strengthen relationships with learners and their communities, or used it to understand their learners?  What made it effective?  How did you introduce the process?

Nicholas Lekakis

I'm an e-Teacher for ACCELL - a program designed to improve literacy among migrant and refugee students. I work remotely from my laptop to deliver virtual ESOL lessons to secondary students all around New Zealand.