New Zealand Sign Language 2


NZSL students signing

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is the language of the New Zealand Deaf community and was recognised as an official language in 2006.

Following on from New Zealand Sign Language 1, this post-beginners’ course will focus on receptive and expressive skills for everyday communication in NZSL.

Course materials:
All printed course materials are provided and additional online resources are available at no additional cost.

Target audience:
New Zealand Sign Language 2 is suitable for those who have completed NZSL 1 or its equivalent (approximately 20 hours tuition in NZSL), and who wish to continue to study NZSL for personal or business reasons.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course you should be able to:

1. Talk about immediate family/whanau and relationships
2. Give and ask personal information about self and others
3. Communicate about simple home leisure and daily routines and activities
4. Express feelings about activities
5. Make compliments and congratulations
6. Ask and tell about general wellbeing, health, everyday life
7. Demonstrate culturally appropriate use of conversational behaviours in NZSL
8. Recognise and use NZSL grammar: topic-comment statements, agreement verbs, number (age, time, ordinal, calendar), basic classifiers

Course outline:
Each session involves interactive group learning with educational games and plenty of movement!  All classes are in NZSL only.  To reinforce your learning, homework is encouraged. There is no formal assessment.

There is a short break half-way through each session and tea and coffee are provided.  You are welcome to bring further refreshments if you wish.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 16 participants so please enrol early.

Sara Pivac Alexander is a Lecturer for the Deaf Studies Research Unit at Victoria University and has taught New Zealand Sign Language at the university since 2006.


Lisa Alexander is a qualified New Zealand Sign Language tutor.  She also has experience leading teams of tutors delivering NZSL and Deaf Awareness courses to organisations around New Zealand.

Relevant links:
Learn Sign
The Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language
Language Learning Centre
Deaf Studies Research Unit
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.