Learn and teach languages

Ako
Pictured above is Lucas Sinclair (Year 10) getting into the community spirit, with ako and shared learning experiences.

As well as hosting three Parent Information evenings (SAC, NCEA, Whanau Hui) this week, Green Bay High School has also been further developing the concept of Ako.

As an extension to their learning, Year 10 German language students are busy planning and teaching lessons for Year 6 students in Mrs Henning’s class from neighbouring Green Bay School, visiting the class each week to teach them German.

Ako means both to teach and to learn. It recognises the knowledge that both teachers and learners bring to learning interactions, and it acknowledges the way that new knowledge and understandings can grow out of shared learning experiences.

This concept of Ako was exemplified by our Year 10 language students who prepare their own lesson in small groups (facilitated by German Language Assistant).

Students (young and old) are thoroughly enjoying these lessons. Year 10s were surprised to discover how quickly their young prodigies were picking up the language; and Year 6s are “super excited and want to learn more”.

In the past, all Year 10 language students have had the opportunity to teach students from Green Bay School in term 4. The language department are looking forward to strengthening links/connections with our local community and extending this pilot program to become part of the curriculum.