Face to Face
KANOHI KI TE KANOHI
Book a group session for your classroom, workplace or group of friends and learn NZSL in a fun and relaxed environment. These courses are also available as one-on-one sessions.
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Start with Level 1A and progress to Level 2A.
Currently available within the Wellington Region
2021 courses start from February 8th
Expanding to other regions soon…
For Individuals and Groups
8 x 1 Hour Sessions
Our classes are fully immersive, meaning that we communicate entirely in sign language during the session. We have been told that for some hearing people who have noisy children, the quiet classes are actually bliss… *wink*
We promise there’s nothing to be scared about – NZSL4U is fun and engaging and you’ll be surprised at what you can understand. NZSL is for all ages and it’s never too late to start!
We also recommend that you practice as much as you can! The best way is to communicate in NZSL as much as possible. Make friends with others learning NZSL in your community, or Deaf and hard of hearing who use NZSL on the daily and get communicating. Make the most of the online resources, attend local meet ups and, of course, be sure to attend our annual NZSL4U camp.
Face to Face Courses
NZSL Level 1A
This is a beginner class – so even if you don’t know anything about Sign Language, this is a great place to start! In this class we go through Deaf culture and Deaf awareness and start teaching the basics – like “Hello” “Kia Ora” and “How are you” – plus many more!
NZSL Level 1B
After you have completed 1A, you move on to the next level – Level 1B. In this class, we learn more of your everyday language – such as emotions and feelings, counting, relationships, telling the time and more!
NZSL Level 1C
The next step in your NZSL journey is Level 1C where you will learn how to put your actions into basic sentences, and you’ll master the art of “small talk”. We also go through actions about community and work in this module.
NZSL Level 1D
This is your final module – and involves going through all of your learnings from Level 1A, 1B & 1C to help you get a deeper understanding of NZSL. After this, you should feel confident to use NZSL as part of your daily “communicating”.
NZSL Level 2A
Get ready to level up your NZSL! This course is for those that have completed Level 1 and are ready to go to the next step. This course will help you to communicate more in depth with the Deaf community, from giving chores to discussing your extended whānau and a lot more in between!
NZSL Level 2B
We have now gone through small talk – let’s get to the deeper korero! In this level you will be able to use your sign language to communicate better in the workplace. You’ll be able to talk about sports and hobbies and even explain work-related tasks. Not only that, but you will graduate this level with a deeper understanding of how to use NZSL to communicate with Deaf people and learn NZSL grammatical structures.
NZSL Level 2C
Looking to communicate outside your home or place of work? How about with your electrician, mechanic, or even your local GP? By the end of Level 2C you will be able to discuss your needs with your local repair man, explain common illnesses or what symptoms you may be experiencing with your local GP, and even give general health & wellbeing opinions. The more you learn about communicating with people in different industries, the deeper you understand of how Deaf people live every day with a communicative barrier – and this course will teach you more about their experience.
NZSL Level 2D
As gamers would say – you have reached expert mode. By now you have learnt a lot about how to communicate with NZSL and how to use it in your everyday life. Through this course, you will extend that knowledge even further. You will be set up to talk about experiences you have had – for example on your latest camping trip, or how you dealt with a natural disaster! You will learn how to tell strangers about the unique differences between Aotearoa and other countries, and (as always) become more accustomed to the daily life of the Deaf community, and how they communicate. Next step – go from Expert to Master!