Q. For those who are learning Maori (as a second language), what is the greatest challenge you face in getting (becoming) fluent?
This is another critical question which has appeared on the Learn to Speak Maori Facebook. It’s a question in which I’m very interested as should be the case with all te reo Māori teachers because it’s vital for informing best practices for language teaching and learning in a language learning environment or classroom and is equally important for the educational and professional development of the Māori language teacher.
Although there is only a small sample of people involved, the responses contribute to the greater context of seeking solutions to the issues and challenges presented here. A survey would be an effective instrument to get a really huge, quantitative snapshot of how big the issues and challenges actually are that learners are facing as they learn te reo Māori as a second language. This would be an exciting venture…
…in the meantime, I hope that more people will respond to this question.