New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is the language of the New Zealand Deaf community and was recognised as an official language in 2006.
In this beginner’s course, you’ll learn basic NZSL skills necessary for simple communication with Deaf people.
This class is in NZSL only – so leave your voice at the door and come and learn sign language in a fun and interactive way!
All printed course materials are provided and additional online resources are available at no additional cost.
New Zealand Sign Language 1 is suitable for beginners who wish to gain an introduction to NZSL.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
1. exchange greetings and make introductions
2. understand simple class instructions
3. talk about NZSL learning
4. ask for clarification, correction and confirmation
5. ask and tell where something is in the class and in the immediate environment
6. use appropriate phrases for arriving and leaving class
7. talk about common food and drink items
8. make and respond to requests and offers for basic needs and wants
9. express likes and dislikes
10. tell about immediate family/whanau and relationships
You will also learn basic NZSL grammar, acquire basic knowledge about Deaf culture and the Deaf community, and develop an awareness of NZSL communication behaviours.
Each session involves interactive group learning with educational games and plenty of movement! All classes are in NZSL only. To reinforce your learning, homework is encouraged. There is no formal assessment.
There is a short break half-way through each session and tea and coffee are provided. You are welcome to bring further refreshments if you wish.
This course is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, so please enrol early.
Lisa Alexander is a qualified New Zealand Sign Language tutor. She also has experience leading teams of tutors delivering NZSL and Deaf Awareness courses to organisations around New Zealand.
“Our teacher Lisa, used an imaginative and very helpful range of materials - especially the games - to enhance learning. She engaged everyone to participate, without criticism or making us embarrassed when we made errors! I would encourage others to take this course in the future”, New Zealand Sign Language 1 participant (2018)
“I will be recommending this course to everyone! Lisa created such a fun, inclusive environment and it made the learning so easy. I can't wait to do Level 2 with her!”, New Zealand Sign Language 1 participant (2018)
The Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language
Language Learning Centre
Deaf Studies Research Unit
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.