MAORI 101/101G : Introduction to Written Māori


2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An introduction to listening, reading, writing and translation techniques used in the composition, reading and understanding of basic Māori. Designed for students with little or no knowledge of the language, and for those with some fluency wishing to understand simple sentence structure and composition.

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to teach the basic structure of simple sentences in Māori so that you can compose, read and understand basic Māori. Students will also learn a set of terms which will enable them to talk about and analyse the structure of Māori and many other languages. Another skill you will acquire, or improve upon, is the ability to translate Māori sentences and simple texts into English and English sentences into Māori. Students will be equip with the linguistic terminology that explains phenomena unique to the Māori language, and the ability to manipulate a basic Māori construction to suit many occasions.

The format of these classes will be a mixture of in-class and online forums. We are utilising a mixed method of teaching/learning where the use of an online component, alongside online testing and assignment submissions, will occur. 

Course Requirements

Restriction: May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse Maori texts, interpret and accurately translate their meaning (Capability 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2, 5.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Understand and apply Understand the importance of the basic acquisition of aural and oral skills, and how they effect the ability to understand and hear simple Maori. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 6.1 and 6.2)
  3. Be able to Maintain the integrity of the Maori language and understand its interconnectedness to the Maori culture. (Capability 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  4. Demonstrate Demonstrate an understanding of context, through written translations and/or oral transcriptions. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1 and 6.1)
  5. Be able to Use and apply the basic foundations to create and form new simple sentences. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 50% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination

Plussage will be automatically applied in the final exam, for all students who attempt all internal assessments during the semester.


This course can be taken as part of a Modern Language Module or the Language Teaching and Learning Module.

This course can be taken as part of the CertLang (Certificate of Languages) or DipLang (Diploma of Languages).

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 2 hours of lectures, 2 hours of tutorials, 2 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 4 hours per week, of work on assignments, test preparation and/or revision. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.

Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will be available as recordings.

The course will include online events including tutorials.

Attendance on campus is not required for the two tests. However, attendance on campus is required for the final exam.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

This course is not available for delivery to students studying remotely/offshore in 2023.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

The text for this course is the Course Workbook.

Students will be tested on the contents of this workbook, anything given in lectures and any additional handouts. Each lecture contains further references to Bruce Biggs’ Let’s Learn Māori, although the teaching material is arranged in a different way.

This workbook is arranged with the full lecture notes for the topic(s) to be covered in each lecture, including exercises to be worked during the tutorial time. The notes for each lecture are followed by a revision summary and review which will be covered in greater depth during the tutorial. There are also supplementary exercises to each lecture which are to be completed in your own study time. At the very end of this workbook are model answers to all the exercises given in the lecture and in the supplementary exercises.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Some lectures may be delivered online.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 26/10/2022 04:24 p.m.