New Zealand Sign Language 6


New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) 6 extends receptive and expressive skills in NZSL conversation and narrative at an intermediate level.

Optional learning materials:
You could purchase an e-book on NZSL grammar from Bridget Williams Books
The cost of the e-book is $20 and is not included in the course fee.

Target audience:
NZSL 6 is suitable for those who have completed NZSL 5 or its equivalent (around 100 hours’ tuition in NZSL) and who wish to continue learning for personal or business reasons.

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

  1. Recount personal experiences about recreation, sports, hobbies and interests
  2. Discuss, agree, announce and explain information about leisure
  3. Give simple instructions or rules for an activity or game
  4. Explain goals for future activities/skills: wishlist and reasons
  5. Discuss, describe needs, make suggestions and recommendations for everyday services and utilities
  6. Express and respond to concerns and advice about services
  7. Report and discuss key demographics about New Zealand
  8. Explain and contrast an everyday ritual/event in your culture
  9. Use NZSL grammar – classifiers, rhetorical questions, conditionals, roleshifting, adverbial inflection, modals, causation, numbers: percentages, fractions, ratio
  10. Develop further awareness of the cultural context for using NZSL with Deaf people

Course outline:
Each session is interactive, and you are expected to engage with the rest of the class to help facilitate your learning.

To reinforce your learning there will be homework, but there is no formal assessment.

One session will be held at the Language Learning Centre video lab at the Kelburn campus. All other sessions will be held at the downtown Pipitea campus.

This class is in NZSL only – so leave your voice at the door and come and learn sign language in a fun and interactive way.

A short break is held half-way through each session, and coffee and tea 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.

“Sara was great. I enjoyed her sense of humour and patience”, New Zealand Sign Language 2 participant (2018)

“I really enjoy Sara's teaching. She is an excellent teacher”, New Zealand Sign Language 2 participant (2018)

“Sara was an awesome teacher, I really liked the structure of her course and she made us feel really welcome to ask any questions”, New Zealand Sign Language 2 participant (2018)

Relevant links:
Bridget Williams Books
Learn NZSL
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.