New Zealand Sign Language - Level 1 C & D

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The New Zealand Sign Language Act was passed in 2006, making it one of NZ’s official languages, and recognising the value of this beautiful language. Every week we celebrate our language in May, during NZSL Week – you may have seen ads on the TV, and even our Prime Minister getting involved with learning some basic NZSL!

Learning some basic NZSL means you can communicate with NZ’s Deaf community more easily. NZSL knowledge is useful in all areas of life, but it is especially useful if you work in any kind of role that includes contact with the public, such as retail, health care and customer service, where you may come into contact with Deaf customers or consumers. Having some basic NZSL skills means you can comfortably communicate with Deaf people, and makes it much easier for them to access information in their everyday lives.

Learning some basic conversational NZSL in our classes is interactive, easy and fun. Come and give it a try!


The Level 1 C & D course covers units 6-9 and builds on basic NZSL skills and you will be able to:

  • Ask and tell about general wellbeing, health and everyday life
  • Give compliments (eg appearance, clothing) and congratulations (eg celebrations)
  • Recognise and use numbers: count from 20+, money and time
  • Communicate about services & locations in the community (eg doctor, bank, library)
  • Describe occupations, tasks and transport
  • Negotiate appointments and make bookings
  • Invitations: extend, accept and decline
  • Understand /give simple directions and describe identifying features of homes
  • Communicate about events, celebrations and holidays as well as talk about plans, destinations (Places) and modes of travel.
  • Learn more cultural practices of the Deaf community


Note: There are no classes during school holidays.




Please note: 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. Courses are usually cancelled, when necessary, 2-3 working days prior to the scheduled start date.