Oral Communication and Language Literacy | Aromatawai-ā-waha me te Marautanga Reo

This marautanga | syllabus cultivates leadership and public speaking skills, fosters critical thinking and enhances interpersonal skills.

Oral Communication and Language Literacy | Aromatawai-ā-waha me te Marautanga Reo 

The Oral Communication | Aromatawai-ā-waha me te Marautanga Reo aims to empower the next generation of confident and capable communicators. Ngā akonga | students will learn to communicate their thoughts, feelings and research with others and the world around them confidently and effectively.

Aligning with Te Mātaiaho | The Curriculum Refresh, it can be used by teachers in the akomanga | classroom, community roopu | groups and kura kāinga | home school centres across the motu | country.

What's different in the new syllabus?

Jessica Rees shares what to expect from the new updated Oral Communication syllabus to teachers.

Learn more about the benefits and features

Learn more about the benefits and features of the Speech NZ Oral Communication Syllabus | Aromatawai-ā-waha Marautanga through interviews with three staff at Wellesley School in Eastbourne. Veronica Stevens (Deputy Principal), Carolyn Currington (Yr3) and Bryn Rees (Yr 6) explain the skills developed through the marautanga | syllabus, how the ngā akonga | students and parents react, and give details on how the programme fits into their akomanga |  classroom teaching. Watch our YouTube clip showing you how to prepare for Oral Communication assessments, ngā akonga | students undertaking aromatawai-ā-waha and kaiako | teachers and parents discussing the value of the programme.


Aromatawai-ā-waha Marautanga

How to enter students

Speech NZ organises aromatawai-ā-waha “on-demand” throughout the year.

Entries must be done via our online entry form four weeks in advance of the required aromatawai-ā-waha date.

Please click “on-demand” for exam type.

Payment of Fees

Speech NZ will send an invoice within a few days of entry submission.

Fees can be found here.

tohu | badge is included in the entry fee. A ngā tohu | certificate can be ordered at an additional cost.

Kaiarotake | Assessor

Speech NZ sends a Kaiarotake | Assessor to a kura | school when there is a minimum number of kaitono | candidates to be assessed.

  • 7 at Whero | Red or Karaka | Orange

  • 6 at Kōwhai | Yellow, Kākāriki | Green or Kikorangi | Light Blue

  • 4 at Kahurangi | Dark Blue or Waiporoporo | Purple

When a kura | school is not able to meet the minimum required numbers, or when the Kaiarotake | Assessor is required to travel more than 60km to get to the kura | school, National Office will assess this on a case-by-case basis. Often, in this situation, kaitono | candidates can be entered as part of a Centre Tour.  Please see our online schedule for Tour availability in your area.


Once you have submitted your entries online, the National Office will be in touch via īmera | email to confirm arrangements, and supply you with the following:

  • Timetable template (on request)

  • Oral Assessment Feedback form

  • Kaiarotake | Assessor details

  • Request for stable Wi-Fi (if needed by Kaiarotake)

  • Rīpoata | report forms headed with each kaitono | candidate's name and level in timetable order, (Minimum of one week before aromatawai-ā-waha date).

Please note: Some Kaiarotake | Assessors are now typing ngā rīpoata | reports online which means ngā rīpoata | reports will be automatically emailed to you once finalised by the Kaiarotake | Assessor.

Kura | School/Kaiako | Teacher in charge responsibilities

Please provide the following:

  • A suitable venue, large enough for roopu | group work and well lit.

  • A stable Wi-Fi connection & password for the Kaiarotake | Assessor to use. (if requested)

  • A desk and comfortable chair for the Kaiarotake| Assessor

  • A clearly visible name tag for each kaitono | candidate

  • A supervisor who is present in the room while the aromatawai-ā-waha take place. (An audience, possibly of other ngā akonga | students is expected).

  • Two printed copies of a timetable that clearly states the exam date, kaitono | candidates full name and akoranga whanake | learning progression and has room for the whakaotinga | result to be recorded beside each name. (Syllabus time limits must be observed when creating the timetable).

  • A copy of the timetable via īmera | email to the National Office two weeks prior to the aromatawai-ā-waha date.

On completion of aromatawai-ā-waha the kaiako | teacher in charge needs to scan & īmera | email copies of the following to examadmin@speechnz.co.nz

  • Ngā whakaotinga | results timetable

  • Kaiarotake | Assessor rīpoata | report to School

  • 3 random kaitono | candidate rīpoata | report samples

When National Office has received the ngā whakaotinga | results timetable they will be able to enter kaitono | candidate ngā whakaotinga | results in the database and then supply tohu | badges & ngā tohu | certificates as required. Please also remember to fill out the Kura | School Evaluation Form emailed to you by the National Office