I’ve enjoyed working on this resource. I see games as very important in keeping languages alive.
He Kupu i Kore was selected by the judges of the 2016 New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards for its usability and flexibility; a resource for a range of learners at different levels of fluency. He Kupu i Kore was also the favourite among voting teachers across New Zealand, winning the Teachers Choice award alongside the judges’ award.
There are two components to the He Kupu i Kore resource. The first is a four-player board game for students working at Taumata 1 to 4. The game encourages them to build words from whānau pū, and as they climb the poutama to be the first at “te kete mātauranga” they collect taonga on the way to boost their points. The player with the highest score is the winner.
The second component is a an app for iOS and android that allows the children to play against the computer, in their own time, at their own place.
He Kupu i Kore is the only game where you learn whānau pū, create words, and build sentences with a swipe.