Te Whanake Apps
The Te Whanake series is a set of learning resources to develop Māori language ability from beginner through to advanced levels. It contains a comprehensive set of hard copy print Māori language learning resources, including four textbooks with three complementary study guides; recorded audio and video listening and speaking exercises to accompany each chapter of the four textbooks; three teachers’ manuals; and a Māori dictionary and index to the content of the series for learners and teachers.
The most recent development for the Te Whanake series is the incorporation of online resources, including an enhanced online dictionary launched in 2006, animations with associated self-directed learning materials and exercises, language exercises as podcasts and streamed videos (http://podcasts.tewhanake.maori.nz). There are also Māori language television programmes, previously aired on TVNZ and Māori Television, and forums for learners to exchange ideas. These websites are bilingual and free to access. The online dictionary is also available as an app for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devises and for Android phones. It is called Te Reo Māori.
A new exciting project for Māori language learners and teachers is underway to encourage Māori language learning on iPad and Android tablet mobile devices by offering it on an easy to use mobile platform that encompasses all of the Te Whanake resources.
For some time we have been aware of a need to have a structured programme that uses all parts of the resources at the appropriate time in the learners’ language development. This is a major step in improving the programme for learners and teachers from beginner through to the advanced level.
The mobile apps will be a Te Whanake container app and within that an in-app purchase for each level, starting with Te Whanake 1 Te Kākano, the first textbook in the series of four. Each level will pull material from the textbook, study guide, animations, podcasts, exercise sheets and the TV programmes of the Te Whanake series. For example, one grammar point will have some wording largely taken from the textbook, and be supported by a number of resources from within the series to help with learning of that grammar point. We will also use illustrations from the textbooks.
The app container is intended to be free, and, once downloaded, users can preview part of Te Kākano or purchase it through an in-app purchase. This will be launched at the AUT University marae on 8 May this year.
The Te Whanake app will be made lived during a launch celebration that will be held at Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae, Auckland University of Technology, on May 8th, 2014