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 language, which conveys ideas by signs, facial expressions and body language.  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. 

To help keep the cost of this course down we receive Government Funding and they require proof of residency/citizenship status.  When you enrol you may be asked to provide a CERTIFIED copy of your Identity Documentation – click here for a full list of accepted IDocs.

Term 1, 2021

Date Location Time Tutor
Monday 15 February - FULL Risingholme 10am - 12noon Terryn Agnew
Tuesday 09 February - FULL Chch Girls High School 6.30 - 8.30pm Julie Nielsen
Wednesday 10 February - FULL Riccarton High School 6.30 - 8.30pm Terryn Agnew


Term 2, 2021

Date Location Time Tutor
Monday 10 May  Riccarton High  6.30 - 8.30pm  Terryn Agnew
Wednesday 19 May  Hornby High  6.30 - 8.30pm  Julie Nielsen
Thursday 13 May   Risingholme  6.30 - 8.30pm  Terryn Agnew


Term 3, 2021

Date Location Time Tutor
Monday 02 August  Risingholme  10am - 12noon  Terryn Agnew
Tuesday 03 August - Space on waitlist only  Riccarton High  6.30 - 8.30pm  Terryn Agnew
Wednesday 04 August  Hornby High  6.30 - 8.30pm  Julie Nielsen


Term 4, 2021

Date Location Time Tutor
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Fee $85
Length 8 weeks/16 hours
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No classes on public holidays.