The stories of Pacific students are being adapted into digitally-animated reading resources. Fifty students across Flatbush Primary School, Jean Batten School and RiseUP Academy worked with experts to write and illustrate their stories. Project manager Theresa Tupuola-Sorenson said the students, aged 6 to 9, were supported through their creative journey.
On Wednesday 26th May, Media Design School hosted a platform at their innovative new campus in Wynyard Quarter to kōrero and talanoa about ways Māori and Pasifika art and design forms have become increasingly relevant and dynamic in this digital era.
If we want to ensure the survival of our Pacific languages, we've got to take a Fraulein Maria stance by proudly and promptly taking it back to the very beginning - which is usually a very good place to start! (see what we did there) - with the ABC's and all with our young Pacific learners in mind! Children can learn any language effectively and faster through song and dance, and engage a whole lot more through song animations.
The best way to promote language development for babies is simply to talk to your child. Babies learn by experiencing (and listening to) the world around them, so the more language they are exposed to the better. Additionally, you can put words to their actions. Talk to them as you would in conversation, pausing for them to respond, then you can say back what you think they might say. However, note that simply talking to them attentively is enough for them to pick up language.
By the time Hawaii became a state, in 1959, the Hawaiian language had lost a critical mass of native speakers. According to one study, fewer than 30 students were studying Hawaiian at the University of Hawai‘i’s flagship campus during the school year that began in 1960. Other indigenous languages were undergoing their own protracted deaths—roughly 230 of them went extinct at some point between 1950 and 2010. In the ’60s, estimates suggest that fewer than 2,000 people could speak Hawaiian fluently, and just a few dozen of them were children. But then something remarkable happened. An unlikely Hawaiian renaissance blossomed in the ’60s and into the ’70s, initially driven by artists who sought to reclaim traditional music and dance.