Language Enhancing the Achievement of Pasifika
Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Talofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Kia ora and Welcome to LEAP.
LEAP is a professional learning resource developed for teachers working in mainstream New Zealand classrooms with bilingual Pasifika students.
It is designed for primary, intermediate/middle and secondary teachers.
LEAP provides professional learning about:
- Pasifika communities in New Zealand
- what characterises bilingual Pasifika students
- what helps bilingual Pasifika students to learn most effectively
- how to develop language-based teaching and learning strategies that enhance Pasifika student learning and achievement.
LEAP was commissioned in 2003 as part of the Ministry of Education’s Pasifika Education Plan (2009-2012). This plan aims to address the specific educational needs of Pasifika students in New Zealand schools.
The core research and development team at WMIER (Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, University of Waikato) developed the materials in the resource over the period 2004–06. The writers were Johanne McComish, Professor Stephen May, and Dr Margaret Franken. Stephen May developed the inquiries in sections 1 and 2, and Johanne McComish and Margaret Franken developed those in sections 3, 4, and 5. (See Development and intellectual property for details of the development process.)
Copyright of these materials is vested in the Ministry of Education