New Zealand Sign Language 7


Photograph to two women signing to each otherOverview:
Following on from our Level 6 course, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) 7 extends receptive and expressive skills in NZSL conversation and narrative at an intermediate level.

Optional learning materials:
You will need to 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 7 is suitable for those who have completed NZSL 6 or its equivalent (around 120 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:

  • Recount personal experiences about recreation, sports, hobbies and interests
  • Discuss and explain information about politics and current events
  • Compare various jobs and work conditions
  • Describe personal qualities and skills required for work roles
  • Explain simple instructions for common work-related tasks
  • Demonstrate appropriate ways to interact with Deaf people in workplaces
  • Explain common illnesses and treatments
  • Discuss and give opinions about common health and wellbeing issues
  • Recount simple personal experiences about health and wellbeing
  • Report and discuss key demographics about New Zealand
  • Explain and contrast an everyday ritual/event in your culture
  • Describe and contrast information about New Zealand and overseas travel destinations
  • Narrate personal experiences with travel-related incidents (e.g. delays, natural disasters, illnesses or mishaps)

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.

Sonia Pivac is a native NZSL signer and a qualified NZSL tutor who has been instrumental in New Zealand Sign Language translation, creating NZSL resources and services promoting NZSL

Relevant links:
Bridget Williams Books
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.