“Oral language is the foundation of all student learning and social interactions. It is essential for literacy learning and social interactions. It is essential for literacy learning, which underpins learning across the curriculum” (Cameron and Dempsey 2016).
Our kāhui ako ki Whakatū held our first Oral language hui on Thursday 22nd of March, at the Ministry of Education office. We had such great representation from MOE specialists, Principals, Deputy Principals and kaiako from Kindergartens and Primary school settings.
We shared how the project was going and reflected on our learning thus far. We discussed the data we had collected from the Oral language surveys. It was so great to hear everyone in the same room discuss the importance of Oral language and making Oral language the main focus for the afternoon. All attendees helped analyse the data and following that discussion, we had gathered and shared our ideas about what surprised us, what were our areas of strength and what we needed to build on.
Overall the hui felt very positive. We are all excited about some of the next steps we’ve developed to ensure we continue to move forward. These include some professional development opportunities working with Sandra Collins and Jannie van Hees.