NZ Sign Language Level 1a

NZ Sign Language Level 1a

Level 1 (General Information)
NZ Sign Language is the language used by people within the Deaf Community.  You will gain a general understanding of the Deaf community and their culture, identity and sign language.  It is a visual-gestural language, which conveys ideas by signs, facial expressions, body language and lip patterns.  It has its own grammar, rules and sentence structure which is different from English or Maori. 

Level 1 is offered at a range of levels, designed for students to follow from one to the next. Course content is indicative and will depend on each group of students’ ability but in general, tutors follow the NZ Sign Language Community Education Curriculum as a guide. Next step, once satisfactorily completing 1a, is to enrol in Level 1b.

As with all languages, your willingness to practice given exercises at home will greatly influence your success and enjoyment of the language. 

Level 1a
This is a beginners class.  No experience needed.  Course content covers a general background of Deaf awareness and the Deaf culture.  Topics will include meeting and greeting, and each classes needs and wants.  

Students need to choose the day of the week they wish to attend e.g. enrol in the Monday class and attend this class on Mondays for the remainder of the term.  This does not mean that you attend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Term 1, 2017

Date Venue Time Tutor
 Monday 20 February Riccarton High 6.30 – 8.30 pm Dennis Tod
 Tuesday 21 February              Shirley Boys’ 6.30 – 8.30 pm Maria Griffiths
 Thursday 23 February Risingholme 10 am – 12 noon Dennis Tod


Term 2, 2017

Date Venue Time Tutor
 Monday 22 May Shirley Boys’ 6.30 – 8.30 pm  Maria Griffiths
 Tuesday 16 May                     Riccarton High 6.30 – 8.30 pm Julie Nielson
 Friday 19 May Risingholme 10 am – 12 noon Dennis Tod


Term 3, 2017

Date Venue Time Tutor
 Monday 07 August 2017 Shirley Boys’ 6.30 – 8.30 pm  Becky West
 Wednesday 09 August 2017 Shirley Boys’ 6.30 – 8.30 pm Maria Griffiths
 Thursday 10 August 2017 Riccarton High  6.30 – 8.30 pm  Julie Nielson 


Term 4, 2017

Date Venue Time Tutor
 Monday 30 October 2017    Shirley Boys’ 6.30 – 8.30 pm   Linda Allen
 Tuesday 24 October 2017 Riccarton High 6.30 – 8.30 pm  Julie Nielson

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Fee $70
Length 8 weeks/16 hours
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Our courses page contains a summary of all courses on offer for the current term.

Please ensure you are familiar with our refund policy.

IMPORTANT information:

 No classes on public holidays.

All courses need a minimum number to go ahead. If your course does not have enough enrolments, we regret that we will have to cancel and will let you know either by email or text. Please check your emails regularly. Courses are usually confirmed or cancelled 2-3 working days prior to the scheduled start date.

NB: Only a paid enrolment secures a place in a class.

In most cases classes will be taught by the tutor named in the brochure/website on the dates stated. We make every effort to make our programme as accurate as possible at the time of printing. We do, however, reserve the right to make any changes that may be necessary. This includes changes to day, time, venue and tutor.


Refund Policy

Cancellation by us

We may, regretfully, have to cancel courses if we do not receive enough enrolments, in which case you will get a full refund.
We may choose to close a course if there is a high level of non-attendance or withdrawals, in which case a proportional refund may be made.

Cancellation due to extreme weather or Tutor illness

Wherever possible, we will offer replacement or extended sessions to make up for sessions cancelled due to extreme weather, tutor illness or other unforeseen reason.

Cancellation by the learner

If you need to withdraw from a course and you inform us in writing, at least a week before the course is due to start, you will be eligible for a refund minus a $20 administration charge.

If you withdraw from a course at any other time, you will not be eligible for a refund. No refunds are given after commencement of a course to ensure course viability.