How I communicate Pēhea tōku whakawhitiwhiti kōrero

Tagged with:

  • Mental health
  • Relationships and Sexuality Education
  • Personal health and physical development
  • Relationships With Other People
  • Healthy Communities and Environments
  • Hauora
  • Attitudes and values
  • Health promotion
  • Socio-ecological perspective
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Years 5–8
  • Years 9–10

Explore the ways you like to give and receive information. We communicate in many different ways. Using the My language cards and How I communicate activity sheet, explore how you like to give and receive information and think or talk to yourself.

Oho — Resource collection

This activity is part of the Oho resource collection.

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Essential info

1-2 lessons
Individual or groups

Learners will

  • Explore the personal and wider cultural connections between place, language, time, events, people and identity.
  • Express and listen to ideas confidently.
  • Describe themselves in relation to the groups within their class and to the whole class.
  • Explore and discuss similarities and differences and how they contribute to the unique whānau, culture and identities of each class member.
  • Identify personal strengths of theirs and others.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of their whānau and personal histories.
  • Investigate the factors that shape our identities and how.
  • Identify different ways identities, languages, cultures and values are and could be represented in learning communities.

Ways to use the resource

  • Connect this activity to Enriching Local Curriculum (ELC) by exploring the names of the places you visit.
  • Centre these activities around relevant global, national or community places, events or themes.
  • Try the activities as an individual, as a small group and as a whole class.
  • Use the resources at home to get a deeper understanding of whānau culture.
  • Capture outputs in a format of your choice.
  • Use insights from these conversations in your learning design.
  • Identify aspects of language and communication that students want to learn more about.
  • Take a selection of My languages cards and place them on a scale of your choice.
  • Discuss the reasons why the cards (forms of communication) sit where they do. Why is one better or worse than the other in a particular context?
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Shown here: The How I communicate activity sheet with three My languages cards placed on it.


What you will need

My languages cards.

The How I communicate activity sheet: One per person or group.


1. Prepare cards

Add or remove My languages cards to suit the context of your classroom.

2. Prepare activity sheets

Print or photocopy one How I communicate activity sheet for each person or group.

3. Choose languages

Each learner selects three My languages cards that represent how they:

  • Like to receive information.
  • Like to give information.
  • Think or talk to themselves.

Spread the cards out on the table face-up and let the learner(s) select.

Discuss and compare

Explore the different perspectives and ideas around languages and communication. Then, discuss and compare your findings with the group or classroom.

Next steps

Discuss Identity, language, culture and values as part of the My unique whānau, My whānau in my place of learning and My culture in my place of learning activities.