Concepts: What are Kōrero, Titiro, Whakarongo?

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What are kōrero, titiro and whakarongo?

Kōrero, titiro, and whakarongo refer to speaking, observing, and listening.

As a culture with a rich oral tradition, Māori approaches to teaching and learning place great value on speaking, observing, and listening. These different learning styles can relate to any number of different contexts.

How does this help describe a learner-centred teaching environment?

These terms help describe a learner-centred teaching environment because they describe a wide range of teaching contexts where the focus is on what the learners know and do, rather than what the tutor knows or does.

For example, in practice this might include:

  • Kōrero: Speeches, debates, lectures, discussions, talks.
  • Titiro: Visuals, displays, posters, videos, graphics, art, crafts.
  • Whakarongo: Lectures, speeches, waiata, songs, music.

These can include group learning, teaching and learning through demonstration, think aloud, and role play. And could include action-focussed learning that occurs in the context of real-life work and challenges.

How can you use kōrero, titiro and whakarongo to create learner success?



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