Samoan Language Week is held in 2021 from Sunday 30 May – Saturday 5 June.
I’ve put this blog post together to highlight our Samoan Language Week Activities. Samoa Language Week – Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa is a fantastic event held each year to celebrate the language and culture of Samoa. “Ma’au i lou ofaga; maua’a lou fa’asinomaga, Keep your identity alive, to thrive.” Did you know, the Samoan ethnic group is the largest of New Zealand’s Pacific populations in NZ with 48.7 (or 144,138) people of Samoan heritage?
Gagana Samoa – Samoan Language
Gagana (pronounced ‘nga nga na’) is the Samoan word for language. Gagana Samoa is one of five Polynesian languages (along with Tuvaluan, Tokelauan, Pukapukan and Niuafo’ou) which make up the group of Samoic languages. It is also similar to other Polynesian languages such as te reo Māori, lea faka-Tonga, vagahau Niue, ‘olelo Hawai’I, and Te reo Kuki Airani (Cook Islands Maori). The Samoan language is the third most commonly spoken language in New Zealand, after English and te reo Māori.
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Our Samoan Language Week Activities
We have a great range of resources to help you highlight Gagana Samoa – the Samoan Language and the unique culture of Samoa.
Check out these free resources! You can find out Free Samoa-themed School Journal Activities, our free Samoan Digital Stickers, and our Free Pacific Praise Phrase poster in our freebie library. Just sign up for our weekly library to gain access.
Digital Samoa Reading Activities – Perfect for Samoan Language Week
Engage your students in the study of Samoa with our paperless Samoa Digital Reading Comprehension Activity. Your students will learn about the geography, history, language, and culture of the Pacific nation of Samoa. Click here to see more.
Samoa Scavenger Hunt Puzzle Activity
Pacific Islands Growth Mindset Collaborative Poster
Bring the vibrancy of the Pacific Islands into your classroom while encouraging collaboration and teamwork with this fun and interactive Growth Mindset Collaborative Poster. This poster features authentic Polynesian designs from Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau. It is a great resource to build a culture of collaboration, teamwork, and cultural diversity in your classroom. Click here to see more.
Samoa Literacy and Social Studies Bundle
Pacific Languages Growth Mindset Posters
When students see their language displayed in a poster or banner in the classroom, it shows the value for their language and for them as individuals.
We have put together a set of Pasifika Growth Mindset posters that will look fantastic in your classroom.
The growth mindset phrases include:
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford
All things are difficult before they are easy. – Thomas Fuller
If you quit once it becomes a habit. Don’t quit. – Michael Jordan
How can I improve?
Mistakes are a part of learning.
Take a risk.
You can do it.
Click here to see our Pasifika Growth Mindset posters. Bring the languages of Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands into your classroom while promoting a classroom culture of inclusion and a “can do” attitude!
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Onwards and upwards,