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This course will support student teachers to extend their personal proficiency in te reo Maori through a communicative approach to language learning. Emphasis will be placed on student teachers learning how the use te reo Maori in their planning for teaching and in their everyday school practices as a teacher. It will also assist student teachers to understand and evaluate their role in the revitalisation process of te reo Maori. Tikanga Maori and tikanga a iwi will be incorporated in this course through place-based pedagogies and socio-cultural understandings of knowledge. The course will draw explicitly from the core competencies of Tataiako (Ministry of Education, 2011) which will be enhanced by including the value of kaitiakitanga.