How to use Wai Ako
The Wai Ako programme aims to empower teachers starting as beginners to learn with their students and transition that learning into real opportunities to speak what has been learned.
The programme has two main parts: Ako! Learn and Kōrero! Speak.
Wai Ako or Learning Songs are simple, repetitive and catchy, and step through te reo Māori curriculum.
The programme includes full translations, teachers’ notes and lots of lesson ideas based around each song. A singalong video of the song allows classes to start every lesson with the correct pronunciation and language structure, regardless of the knowledge of the teacher.
The programme is designed to be moved through slowly, spending a few weeks on each song, mixing lessons and simply singing the song again to quickly refresh pronunciation and structure.
The ultimate goal is for the new phrases to be spoken outside of lessons as part of daily school life.
Wai Ako includes one practical suggestion for each song to incorporate the language learned into daily class routines right away.
It also includes prompts for teacher and children to come up with other ideas to incorporate the language, resources and prompts for teacher and children to reflect on and extend their learning and keep records of their efforts, and prompts for the wider school and community to consider how they can support what is being learned in the classroom.
Wai Ako is now available to teachers to subscribe online, at a fantastic introductory price, here! But before you subscribe, Wai Ako is designed to be used by the whole school, and we offer a further discounted price for school wide subscriptions. Why not see if your school will consider rolling the Wai Ako programme out across the school? More information is available to your school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.