What is Bilingual Education?


Bilingual education is most effective when families, the school and the wider community see it as good for students to learn a second language and to become fluent in two languages.  This is called an additive approach, and research shows that additive approaches are very effective educationally. Research also highlights, that becoming bi-literate is one positive step towards academic success. Students who are bi-literate are more likely to succeed academically and also often outperform students in English-medium schools.  Of course, they also end up knowing two languages rather than just one. 

Partial immersion schools are effective as long as at least 50% of the teaching is in Maori.  Research suggests it is better to keep both languages separate when teaching.Teachers need to be able to speak, write and read fluently in Maori and English as they must be able to teach subjects in both languages and they are also acting as role models of how to speak Maori.  Teachers must also understand how children and young people learn a second language and they must know the best methods for teaching a second language.

“The school effectively promotes Māori student success. Analysed achievement information shows significant improvement in the overall achievement of Māori students in both mainstream and bilingual classes since the previous ERO review.” ERO Review 30/03/2012
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