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20.11.2018 14:38 Age: 29 days
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Curriculum writers prepare for new Pacific language programmes


Curriculum writers from Cook Islands, Niue, Rotuma, Tonga and Vanuatu came together last week to prepare materials for new Pacific language programmes. 

Group members taught each other how to use techniques and tools such as online flashcards, quizzes, competitive games and video clips in their teaching. Videos were also recorded in ten different languages, with participants and students speaking passionately about why it is important to study languages and how the new programmes will support national curriculum policies and strategic plans, as well as the recently-launched Pacific regional education framework. 

USP has offered Fijian and Hindi Studies since the 1990s, and we are delighted to finally be realising the commitment made at that time to expand to other languages. The Cook Islands Māori programme began in 2018, and, from 2019, speakers of Vagahau Niue, Tongan & Niuafoˈou and different languages from Vanuatu will also be able to study their languages in depth. Meanwhile, Rotumans will now have the chance to become more fluent in their language. See www.usp.ac.fj/languages for more details.

In the final talanoa session, Ngavaevae Papatua from Cook Islands Ministry of Education described the change he had witnessed since USPís programme started in understanding the importance of having trained personnel teaching te reo in schools, instead of the usual practice of expecting anybody fluent in the language to be able to teach it. 

Dr ˈAna Taufeˈulungaki, former USP Council member, expressed happiness that this initiative is now finally underway after almost two decades, and asked for the continued support of FALE. Dean Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Associate Dean Dr Matthew Hayward, and Head of SLAM Professor Sudesh Mishra all assured the group of this support. 

The group is also working closely with the Centre for Flexible Learning who will be instrumental in helping us reach communities in other locations. At the talanoa session, CFLís Mojito Jione said how pleased he was to be involved, both as a member of the Rotuman community and as an education technologist who can assist with the technical side. 

This collaboration between different USP sections, campus directors, Ministries of Education, local community members, senior management of FALE, and academics within the School of Language, Arts and Media who hosted the workshop has been the secret to the success behind the achievements.


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