ICT Tools Supporting Teacher Practice in Language Acquisition

By Hiria McRae, Tabitha McKenzie and Rāwiri Toia.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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A group of academics from Victoria University of Wellington has successfully implemented an innovative approach to teacher professional development in the area of second language acquisition. A model using video podcasts, online support and in-school facilitation was trialed with a group of teachers at a Māori language immersion school. The focus of the teacher professional development is to advance areas of Māori language and language acquisition amongst teachers, to ensure quality language is being delivered and taught to students. This paper will examine the teacher response to this approach, including the use of the technological tools; improved language acquisition skills and knowledge; any changes in teacher practice and student achievement; and the structure of the teacher professional development program.

Keywords: Indigenous Education, Teacher Professional Development, Technology, Language Acquisition

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.81-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.614MB).

Hiria McRae

Lecturer, Te Kura Māori, Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

I specialise in Māori education at Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Education. I work with pre-service and in-service teachers in the early childhood, primary and secondary sectors. Currently my main role is as a Project Coordinator for a Ministry of Education contract delivering teacher professional development. The model used in this professional development is in-school facilitation, using multimedia to increase teachers proficiency of the Māori language and language acquisition. I'm a primary trained teacher who has taught in schools delivering through the medium of the Māori language. I am interested in improving education for Māori and contributing to the field of indigenous knowledge and education, specifically science, technology and education for sustainability.

Tabitha McKenzie

Lecturer, Te Kura Maori, College of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

I lecture in Maori education at Victoria University of Wellington College of Education. I have lectured in early childhood, primary and secondary sectors of the University. I have worked here for four years. I am also a Project Coordinator for a Ministry of Education contract delivering teacher professional development. The model used in this professional development is in-school facilitation, using multimedia to increase teachers proficiency of te reo Maori (Maori language) and language acquisition. Before lecturing I was a teacher in primary, intermediate and secondary schools teaching through the medium of te reo Maori. I am interested in improving education for Maori and contributing to the field of indigenous knowledge and education. I am also interested in the areas of technology and language acquisition.

Rāwiri Toia

Lecturer, Te Kura Maori, College of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand