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Newsletters > Diversity Action Programme > Te Waka Reo: National Language Policy > 2013 > February > Gagana Samoa – Samoan Language Week, 26 May – 1 June

Te Waka Reo: National Language Policy

February, 2013

Manulauti: ‘Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana’

Theme: ‘Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language’

O le tofa mau a Samoa, a fafaga fanau i upu ma tala e ola a’e ua atamamai i tu ma aga. A tautala pea lava pea i le gagana, o le a fa’apea ona fa’aolaola ai i loto ma agaga o le fanau le tofi o tagata Samoa. Fa’atauanau fanau e tautatala i le gagana, o le a fa’apea ona masani ai ma popoto e tautatala i luma o tagata. O le tele o upu ma tala, o le maoa’e fo’i lea o le ola a’oa’oina ma malosiaga o le tagata.

Theme: ‘Feed the children with words and stories. Speak your language’

It is a Samoan position that feeding children with words and stories is critical to acquiring high proficiency in Samoan literacy. Speaking Samoan constantly in different contexts is considered essential in its maintenance and growth. Samoan, like all languages, is mastered through regular use. A high vocabulary size in Samoan is necessary for academic success and a strong sense of self.

The Regional Speech Contests will be part of Samoan language week.

The National speech contest is set for Friday 28 June at the Lower Hutt Town Hall Laings Road Lower Hutt, Wellington.

The Fono o le Tausaga (FAGASA Inc. Annual Conference) will be held 23-25 April  in Palmerston North.

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