Talking Together: Building Oral Language Practice

Oral language is the foundation to all learning - it’s the cornerstone of culture, and the window into understanding our identity. As teachers and educators, it’s important to have evidence-based oral language practices in our daily interaction with tamariki.

Our online workshop ‘Talking Together’ unpacks the ‘Te Kōreroreo’ Ministry of Education document, and combines it with the extensive practical and pedagogical experience of our Director, Del Costello.

✅ 9 information-packed videos, covering how to develop rich vocabularies, leverage linguistic diversity, talk about feelings, and much more

✅ Supporting resources - reflection sheet, student voice collection questions and themes

✅ One purchase gets you permanent access to all content for yourself, or your school/learning centre

✅ Receive access to closed Facebook Group dedicated to the course material

✅ 45 minute live Q&A session with Del Costello per registration

For more information about Del Costello, Facilitator of this course, please click here:

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  • 1. Introduction to Talking Together Online Course

    6m 10s

    We're so happy you've decided to join us on this journey of talking together.

    Make sure you watch this video for everything you're going to need to know about the content of the course, and how best to navigate it!

    If you have any questions at any stage, feel free to email dcostello@coactiveedu...

  • 2. Developing a Rich Vocabulary


    In this video, Del Costello unpacks the 'Expanding Vocabulary' kete from the MOE resource Te Kōrerorero - Talking Together. In addition to the resource, she provides some great examples and models for the explicating teaching and learning of new vocabulary.

    Here are some related links and readin...

  • 3. Serve and Return Practice


    Del Costello talks about the MOE resource Te Kōrerorero - Talking Together specifically for the ECE sector in the Te Kāhui Ako o Taranaki Mohoao.

    If you would like to download the documents for Te Kōrerorero you can find them here:

  • 4. Talking About Feelings


    Link to the Emotions Wheel

    Name that Emotion Game

    Herbert, A. M. L. (2001). Whanau Whakapakari: a Māori-centred approach to ...

  • 5. Tuakana Teina Systems Within the Learning Space


    Encouraging Tuakana Teina Relationships is an element of Te Kōrerorero - Talking Together, a resource from the MOE.

    In this short video, Del Costello will unpack this and give you some great ideas about how to be explicit in your teaching so you can support rich Tuakana Teina relationships.


  • 6. Leveraging Linguistic Diversity

    9m 10s

    In this video, Del unpacks this element of the Te Kōrerorero kete (Talking Together) from the MOE.

    Here is the link to the rubric for discussion:

    If you are interested to read more of the research here are some currently fi...

  • 7. Descriptive Commenting


    Del Costello unpacks the kaiako skill of descriptive commenting and provides some practice examples.

    Promoting school readiness with Descriptive Commenting, read this blog by Dr. Chris Moore:

  • 8. Rich Conversations and Questions

    8m 47s

    This video is one in the series of video Del is unpacking from Te Kōrerorero- Talking Together the MOE resource.

    Guide to success questioning Education Hub:

    Link to a folder with useful readings:

  • 9. The 3 Rs: Repetition, Rhyme and Rhythm

    9m 6s

    Using the 3 R's plus actions is a great way to bring kaupapa Māori into the classroom and grow oral language at the same time.

    Links to resources are below:

    Waiata Māori for children, teachers and whānau:

    Children will be up and dancing to the sounds of the pacific, thank...

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