Reo Rua

E nga whanau katoa, koutou i manaaki i a tatou tamariki mokopuna ratou nga whakatipuranga, ka mihi ki a tatou katoa.

Bilingual education is a method of teaching that aims to assist learners to become bilingual. It involved learning opportunities in two languages, usually through first language empowerment.

It means:

  • Valuing a child's first language as this language sets a strong platform for learning.
  • Assisting students to learn and understand the second language through their knowledge of the first language.
  • Ensuring students have strong knowledge and use of two languages for higher understanding.
  • Educational achievement.
  • Social advantage.

Reo Rua is the Bilingual Education unit at Queen Elizabeth College. Students are immersed in Te Ao Maori, with the majority of the teaching in Te Matui, the school Marae.

Maori language is spoken on a daily basis and Reo Rua students are encouraged to communicate in this medium. Karakia and waiata are woven through the teaching and Kapa Haka is an important part of student learning.

Important Maori celebrations are avenues of learning, such as Waitangi Day, Matariki and Te wiki o Te Reo Maori.

Students learn from our Bilingual Education unit the tools to gain the skills and knoweldege of Te Reo maori in their whanau and society.