Kia matatau ki te reo: Factors influencing the development of proficiency in te reo Māori with adult learners
This thesis sought to answer the question: what factors help or hinder adult Māori second language learners to become proficient speakers of te reo Māori? In particular I examined what kind of concerted effort is needed and how can individual learners optimise their efforts to learn te reo?
Data for the study was drawn from in-depth interviews with 17 highly proficient second language speakers of te reo. All learned te reo as adults. The interview questionnaire was based loosely on 10 help/hinder factors I identified through a review of the literature from the three research fields (adult second language acquisition, teaching pedagogy and language revitalisation).
The study findings showed that for the learners there were three essential factors to their success:
- The quest for their own identity as Māori
- Their ability to establish and maintain relationships with other Māori speakers
- Their desire to serve whānau, hapū, iwi and their communities.
Matiu gave a presentation on his thesis at Tuia te Ako 2013
About my thesis
The Ako Aotearoa PhD scholarship
Ratima, M. T., & May, S. (2011). A Review of Indigenous Second Language Acquisition: Factors leading to proficiency in te reo Māori (the Māori language). MAI Review(1 ), Retrieved from http://www.review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/MR/article/view/412/594
Rātima, M. T., & Papesch, T. R. (2013). Te Rita Papesch: case study of an exemplary learner of Māori as an additional language. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/13670050.2013.806431 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13670050.2013.806431
‘Super Māori Fullahs: Factors influencing the development of proficiency in te reo Māori’, Te Tumu Research Seminar, Otago University, 19 June 2013
Presentation: Factors leading to proficiency in te reo Māori, Tuia Te Ako 2013.
Matiu Ratima (729kb PPT)
‘Kia matatau ki te reo: Factors influencing the development of proficiency in te reo Māori’, a conference presentation to Tuia Te Ako: Māori Educators’s Hui, Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki, 9 April 2013
‘Three Cases of Excellent Māori Language Learners’, Presented at the American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, USA, 19 March 2013
‘Kia matatau ki te reo: Factors influencing the development of proficiency in te reo Māori’, a conference presentation to the 13th Biennial Language and Society Conference, University of Auckland, 28 -30 November 2012