O tu, aganu’u, ma agaifanua a le tamaititi o le a le mafai ona ulufale atu I le potuaoga sei vagana ua fa’atauaina ma faaulufaleina muamua I le loto ma le agaga o le faiaoga.
The culture of the child cannot enter the classroom until it has first entered the consciousness of the teacher (Samoan saying, also attributed to Bernstein)



Language enhancing the achievement of Pasifika

In case you don't know, this online resource is really worth investigating. Click on the picture.

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One of the NLcs Mary Jamieson works with is comprised soley of SCTs (Specialist Classroom Teachers- secondary). They are in the Gisborne region and between their 4 schools they have a significant number of Pasifika students. They have found the following links really useful:
  • Pasifika student funding forms funding forms
  • Pasifika Online Pasifika Online
  • Down the Back of the Chair- they have lots of really cool resources for schools The Chair
  • ESOL Online - The Engish Language Learning Progressions and the NCEA word lists Esol Online
  • Career Services also have a section dedicated to Pasifika Careers
  • Pasifika Education Plan PEP
  • Making language and languages work dvd available through The Chair DVD
  • He Ara Tika The Youth Mentoring Trust- they have a mentoring programme which was picked up by one of the schools in Gisborne and turned into a whole school programme. It is targeted at Maori students but applicable anywhere. This is their website and there is also a really good resource on youth mentoring that you can download. He Ara Tika
  • Resource Youth Mentoring
  • One of the teachers also recommended the Oxford Quick Placement test or QPT as it is known in helping to see where students are at. QPT

Cheers, Mary Jamieson



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An excellent website which many of you will have used is http://www.tki.org.nz/e/community/pasifika
This has fantastic resources and other up to date information.

I have a research article that examines 'What helps Pasifika students' reading?'.(See above)

Key points from this article that could apply to all learning (obvious links to other NZ research)
  • There is no one simple method to ensure culturally and linguistically diverse children become competent readers
  • Acknowledging culture and seeking alignment between school and home is critical
  • The importance of student - teacher relationship
  • Effective classroom management is significant for children
  • The impact of many Pasifika students living in low socio-economic areas.
  • Lack of culture of inclusion has a negative effect on student learning