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How do we support students who are transitioning from Māori medium to English medium classes?

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Started by Janet McQueen 21 Jul 2014 3:14pm () Replies (1)
How well do we support students transitioning from Māori-medium to English medium education? How do we support them to continue to succeed in their learning and to continue to grow in their use of both Māori and English? 

I have just come across a great article "Transitioning from Māori-medium to English medium education: The experiences and perspectives of three students", by Hamish Weir, Victoria University of Wellington. You can find it in the University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, Volume 7, June 2012, pp 51-85. You can read online for free at
 
I think the questions raised in this article are important for schools to consider and discuss especially those who have students from Māori-medium transitioning to English medium education. How do we support students to continue to succeed in their learning and to continue to grow in their use of both Māori and English? 

ESOL trained teachers should have a role to play as we are knowledgable about second language aquisiton,  scaffolding language and developing acdemic English. We also know the importance of maintaining and continuing to use first language and of teachers incorporating and building upon cultural knowledge. 

Are we sharing our knowledge with colleagues and leading the way in our schools? Have we checked what is happening in our schools and offered our expertise? Have you collaborated with your Māori Colleagues about this topic? What more should your school be doing and what can you do to strengthen current practice? 

Please share any suggestions that you have tried that have been successful to support transitioning students. 

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