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For a dictocomp task, read a story about a Matariki celebration (twice) at normal speed. During the first reading, just get the students to listen. During the second reading, pause between the sentences so that students can jot down some rough notes in te reo Māori or English (or both) about the key elements in the story. Then get them to work in small groups and use their notes to capture the essence of the story. In a dictocomp task such as this, you could focus on a particular sentence pattern to reinforce its construction, for example, the use of the past tense indicator “i” as in:

Maori vocabulary

English translation

I haere tātou ki te hōro. We went to the hall.

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