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, 2020

Date Venue Time Tutor
Tuesday 11 February - FULL
Chch Girls High 6.30 - 8.30 pm Bonnie Caesar
Wednesday 12 February - FULL Hornby High 6.30 - 8.30pm Terryn Agnew
Thursday 13 February Risingholme 10am - 12 noon Tiffany Te Maari


Term 2, 2020

Date Venue Time Tutor
Cancelled Hornby High 6.30-8.30pm Terryn Agnew
Cancelled Chch Girls High 6.30-8.30pm Bonnie Caesar
Cancelled Risingholme 10am-12noon Tiffany Te Maari


Term 3, 2020

Date Venue Time Tutor
Wednesday 29 July Hornby High 6.30 - 8.30 pm Terryn Agnew
Friday 31 July - FULL Risingholme 10.00 am - 12.00noon Tiffany Te Maari


Term 4, 2020

Date Venue Time Tutor
Monday 12 October Chch Girls High 6.30-8.30pm Bonnie Caesar
Tuesday 13 October Risingholme 10am-12noon Tiffany Te Maari
Wednesday 14 October Riccarton High 6.30-8.30pm Terryn Agnew


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Term 4 TBC
Fee $80
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/postponement/suspension due to extreme weather, Tutor illness or unforeseen circumstances

Wherever possible, we will offer replacement or extended sessions to make up for sessions cancelled/postponed/suspended 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.