Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Tongan alphabet

In my class we always co-construct our alphabet freeze. Last year I taught the English alphabet and te arapū Māori. I noticed that learning the Māori alphabet had a positive effect on strategic activity with text, particularly with target students. Class writing showed a natural integration of kupu Māori and even pōtae on the vowels.

The Pasifika dual language books have given me a resource to support alphabet acquisition in further heritage languages spoken in my classroom.

Here is a Tongan alphabet based on these texts. I will change the pictures as the year goes on to reflect student inquiry learning. I will also give all students time to create their own alphabet. This may be a time consuming project but I know that it is well worth the effort.

Pasifika dual language books

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