Category Archives: Bilingual Learning

Sustainability education and a collective perspective

There is an interesting discussion about sustainability on Radio NZ National in which some good points on the values promoted by education are raised. Particularly: Bronwyn Hayward discusses the results of some research she has been involved in bilingual schools. … Continue reading

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A HISTORY of whispers and forgetfulness

I am reading a history of ‘Celtic Britain’ by Alistair Moffat. It is beautifully written and has me thinking of parallels with a Maori history of New Zealand. If you read these segments from the introductory chapter, you will see … Continue reading

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The 4G Spectrum debate

The most recent episode of Te Tēpu dealt with the 4G spectrum claim and was really interesting – the arguments presented are incredibly valid and merit serious consideration by educators. Te Tēpu Sunday 14 July 2013 http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/te-tepu/S09E014/te-tepu

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Excellent resource for learning te reo Maori

I have to promote a language resource I just started using – Ian Cormack’s Te Rere o te Reo (The Flow of Language) series, the first book of which is titled Te Hikuwai. It’s awesome! I’ve done my share of … Continue reading

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TE TIRITI O WAITANGI

I made these notes for some overseas teachers at some point: On Wednesday, February 6th,New Zealand celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.  This document, surrounded by so much political debate, marks the beginning of an important era in … Continue reading

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Bilingual education success – looks interesting!

I like the look of this book: Additive Schooling in Subtractive Times Bilingual Education and Dominican Immigrant Youth in the Heights Lesley  Bartlett and Ofelia  Garcia      Additive Schooling in Subtractive Times documents the unusually successful efforts of one New … Continue reading

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NZ Sign Language – some discussion

Looks interesting! Interview on Radio NZ National… Rachel McKee – Sign Language It’s New Zealand Sign Language Week and, in our monthly language slot, Dr Rachel McKee talks to Chris about the online dictionary of NZSL; some common misperceptions about … Continue reading

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Thesis exploring the learning journey undertaken by international students in NZ universities

Gillian Ray Skyrme’s thesis (2008) on the experience of international students studying at a tertiary level in New Zealand (to improve their English and to gain qualifications) makes interesting reading. Expectations, emerging issues and change for Chinese international students in … Continue reading

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What counts as learning

“Bilingual or multilingual children must take up at least two sets of literacy practices.  These markedly different language learning and literacy practices situate the child and prescribe what counts as learning.” (Jones-Diaz (2002), p191)

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Ways of understanding bilingual development

According to Bodrova and Leong (as quoted by Haworth and Cullen p296), “young children… direct their behaviour to the aspects of the environment most pertinent to solving a problem.”  As Haworth and Cullen discuss, “this view suggests that children not … Continue reading

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