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Tuvalu Language Week

This page might include information, links, and events that are specific to 2019. It will be updated as soon as 2020 information becomes available.

Fakatalofa atu!

Tuvalu Language Week is being held from Sunday 27 September - Saturday 3 October 2020

Tuvalu is a small Pacific island nation that lies midway between Australia and Hawaii. In 2006, Tuvaluan people were the seventh largest Pacific ethnic group in New Zealand, making up 1 percent of New Zealand's Pacific population.

Tuvalu Language Week provides the opportunity to celebrate and nurture the language and culture of Tuvalu in your classroom and school community. The theme of the week provides you with the opportunity to explore with your students the nature of identity, and the way language connects us to who we are.

By teaching Pasifika languages, schools can help meet the vision and goals of the Pasifika Education Plan 2013 – 2017 (PEP). PEP is aimed at raising Pasifika learners’ participation, engagement, and achievement in education from early learning through to tertiary level. The Plan’s vision is to see ‘Five out of five Pasifika learners participating, engaging, and achieving in education, secure in their identities, languages, and cultures and contributing fully to Aotearoa New Zealand’s social, cultural, and economic wellbeing’. One of the high level Government goals for Pasifika education is for emphasis on the importance of Pasifika identities, languages, and cultures.

What could your school do to celebrate?

Counting in Tuvaluan (Word 77KB) 
Use the Tuvalu number system to teach place value.

Tuvalu National Anthem
Learn and sing the Tuvalu National Anthem.

Te Ano: The national game of Tuvalu
Try playing te ano, a team game that has been described as a cross between volleyball and murderball.

Time Warp
Use this game on the Mana-Pasifika site of Wicked to explore the effects of global warming on Tuvalu.  

Man vs atoll: what if Bear Grylls was marooned on Tuvalu?
Use this blog post to learn about the artifacts made by Tuvaluan people with the resources that surround them.

Climate change, faith, and hope in Tuvalu
Watch this Youtube video to learn more about the Tuvaluan culture and way of life.

Eight things you should know about Tuvalu
Discover interesting facts about Tuvalu in Te Papa’s blog.

Supporting resources

Tuvalu Language Week resource (PDF 1.2MB)
This 2016 resource was developed by members from the Tuvaluan Auckland Community Trust, Taumatuas, and Reverends with contributions from Te Papa Museum and supported by Ministry for Pacific Peoples. It includes information about the culture and language of Tuvalu that you can share with your students. 

Pasifika education community
This TKI site has resources, curriculum links, and guidelines for teachers working alongside Pasifika communities.

LEAP is a professional learning resource developed for teachers working in mainstream New Zealand classrooms with bilingual Pasifika students.

Inclusive Education Guides for Schools – Supporting Pasifika students
This guide focuses on inclusive teaching and learning strategies that can be used in the classroom to create a more effective learning environment for all Pasifika students.

Have you seen?

Effective teaching for Pasifika students – Language
This film shows the benefits of valuing and sharing the languages that Pasifika students bring with them into the classroom.

Updated on: 11 Jul 2016