Jocelyn Howard - jocelyn.howard@canterbury.ac.nz
Adele Scott - a.j.scott@massey.ac.nz
Rachel Martin - rachel.martin@canterbury.ac.nz
MCC5

Recent rapid growth in the accessibility of online learning tools has assisted in the teaching and learning of te reo Maori, New Zealand’s endangered indigenous language. This paper outlines changes made in an initial teacher education Maori language course to increase students’ motivation and facilitate greater autonomous learning. A Moodle-based platform now provides students with links to free-access websites, commercial vocabulary learning software, and other tools and resources to augment lectures and workshops. Qualitative and quantitative results from a survey of students will be reported, showing the value students ascribed to each facet of this blended approach relative to changes in their Maori language proficiency, understanding of Maori culture, and ability to teach Maori. This paper will be of particular interest to teachers and teacher educators wanting to utilise online technologies to enhance students’ language learning experiences and outcomes.