Welcome to Te Whanake Podcasts
Tēnā koe. These podcasts contain all the exercises and activities of the four textbooks of Te Whanake. Originally produced as tape-recorded activities to develop learners’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Māori, they have now been converted into a digital format for an online e-learning platform. This digital content is available for playback on Microsoft Windows and Apple computers, television screens, as well as portable media devices such as mp3 players, video iPods and 3G phones.
Adapting the taped audio and video exercises and activities for online use on the Internet has numerous benefits for both learners, teachers and institutions involved in teaching Māori language, e.g.
- Learners are able to access all the exercises and activities online at minimal or no cost, thus avoiding the expense of purchasing audio- and videotapes or CDs and DVDs.
- Provided learners have a microphone connected to their computer, they are able to record their responses and submit them to their teachers for quick feedback. With an Internet connection, they are able to submit their exercises for assessment from anywhere in the world.
- Provided teachers have an Internet connection, they are able to mark and give quick feedback to their learners from anywhere in the world.
- This development means that language laboratories will no longer be required for teaching and learning Māori. This frees institutions from a major expense, not only for equipment but also space will be freed for other purposes.
This is a major development in the methods of learning and teaching Māori.
As a Māori language learner, these exercises will give you additional practice with the dialogues, vocabulary and sentence patterns of the particular chapter you are working on in class, as well as revising language material already covered. Often it will be beneficial to do particular exercises several times. This is one of the advantages of these podcasts – you are able to replay exercises, or parts of them, as many times as you wish. It is an advantage if you do these exercises with a microphone because you will be able to record your responses.
Choose a Level
Beginner exercises for each chapter of the first textbook in the series, Te Whanake 1 Te Kākano.
Lower intermediate level listening and speaking exercises for chapters 2 to 9 of the second textbook in the series, Te Whanake 2 Te Pihinga.
Upper intermediate level listening and speaking exercises for each chapter of the third textbook in the series, Te Whanake 3 Te Māhuri.
Advanced level exercises for each chapter of the fourth textbook in the series, Te Whanake 4 Te Kōhure.