NZ Sign Language Course for Community Service

Expand your communication skills to better serve our community

Learn the basics of

New Zealand Sign Language

About New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is one of the three official languages in Zealand which is used as a form of communication for approximately 400,000 New Zealanders that are deaf or hard of hearing.

NZSL is crucial to many people’s ability to communicate and participate in society. Like any other language, NZSL opens the doors to new cultures, people, and understandings. But with NZSL, you will also become a better listener, communicator, speller, and multitasker.

Who is this course for?

The course is tailored to community service providers such as customer services, administrators, front desk services, healthcare workers, social workers, teachers, and any service-facing personnel who want to expand their communication skills.  

NZSL can also be learnt for fun/interest, or for communicating with family/friends that are deaf or hard of hearing.
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Free NZSL Taster Session

This NZSL taster session provides basic sign language skills that are essential to everyday life. In this class you will learn:
Exchange greetings and make introductions
Learn the finger spelling alphabet
Learn numbers 1‐20
Give and follow simple action commands/ instructions
Relevant vocabulary requested
Delivery Approach: Classroom face to face delivery
Duration: 1 session
Time of study: 2 hours
Address: 3033 Great North Road, New Lynn
Taster Session(20th May - 2 hours)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Limited Spaces Available
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NZ Sign Language Level 1

This course is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of NZSL. This course will focus on receptive skills and mastering basic communicative functions in NZSL.

NZSL Beginner Course Level 1A

Topics covered

Exchange greetings and make introductions
Understand simple class instructions
Learn the fingerspelling alphabet, spell their own name, and ask for repetition
Learn about the role of facial expression in NZSL
Learn to get, and give, eye gaze before signing (requirements for visual attention)
Learn numbers 1‐10

Topics covered

Identify people in the class
Name language(s) they are learning
Ask for clarification, correction and confirmation
Ask and tell where something is in the class   
Use appropriate phrases for arriving and leaving class
Give and follow simple instructions and action commands  
Use numbers for counting (0‐20) and simple time phrases in relation to class activities
AucklandClassroom face to face delivery
(8 Lessons - 2hrs each week)
Tuesday: 10:30am - 12pm

Address: Level 8/242 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

From 27th July to 14th September
$130+gst
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HamiltonClassroom face to face delivery
(8 Lessons - 2hrs each week)
Monday: 6pm - 8pm

Address: 850 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3204

From 26th July to 13th September
$130+gst
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Free NZSL Taster Session

This NZSL taster session provides basic sign language skills that are essential to everyday life. In this class you will learn:
Exchange greetings and make introductions
Learn the finger spelling alphabet
Learn numbers 1‐20
Give and follow simple action commands/ instructions
Relevant vocabulary requested
Delivery Approach: Classroom face to face delivery
Duration: 1 session
Time of study: 2 hours
Address: 3033 Great North Road, New Lynn
Taster Session(20th May - 2 hours)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Limited Spaces Available
Reserve now!

NZSL Beginner Course Level 1B

Topics covered

Name common food and drink items
Express likes and dislikes  
Make and respond to requests and offers for basic wants and needs  
Make and respond to requests and offers for basic wants and needs  
Understand basic signs about emergency exit procedures

Topics covered

Tell about immediate family/whānauand relationships(e.g.friends, colleagues)
Give and ask personal information about self and others such as where one lives and their pets    
Use numbers for counting, age, ranking
AucklandClassroom face to face delivery
(8 Lessons - 2hrs each week)

Address: 3033 Great North Road,
New Lynn, Auckland

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HamiltonClassroom face to face delivery
(8 Lessons - 2hrs each week)
Wednesday: 7pm - 9pm

Address: 850 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3204

From 28th July to 15th September
$130+gst
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