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NZ Sign Language Course

If NZSL week has sparked your interest in learning NZ’s third official language then here’s an opportunity for you to learn some sign!

Classes will be held each Thursday of Term 3, from 12 to 12.50pm. The cost is $60. You’ll learn the finger-spelling alphabet, basic phrases and some university specific vocabulary.

Email nicola.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz to register.

Learn NZ Sign Language

NZ Sign Language (NZSL) classes will be held in the Puaka-James Hight building each Thursday in term 2, (May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) from 12 to 12.50pm.

Participants will learn the finger-spelling alphabet and basic phrases, some university specific vocabulary and basic grammar. No previous NZSL experience is required.

The course is open to both students and staff and the cost is $50. Please email nicola.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz  to register.

Learn New Zealand Sign Language in Term 3

UC Subject Librarian Brian McElwaine shares his experience taking the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) course.

For the past five weeks, I’ve been learning a bit of New Zealand Sign Language through the Disability Resource Service.  It’s slightly eerie, studying in an almost silent room for an hour a week, and since the class was taught by a Deaf teacher, we really had to concentrate to take everything in. It’s been heaps of fun, and great to learn alongside students, but the unusual learning environment did bring across to me how challenging the world can be to a Deaf person in unexpected ways.

I recommend taking the course when it’s run again in Term 3. As a participant, you could learn something outside the normal subject-specific stuff and maybe make some new friends. Most importantly, as a human being, it might well help you to remember to be compassionate – the people around you are often battling invisible challenges you know nothing about, so be kind to each other out there!

UC’s New Zealand Sign Language course is on again from 20 July until 24 August, from 12 noon to 12:50pm each Thursday.

Participants will learn:

  • Finger-spelling alphabet
  • Basic phrases
  • Some university specific vocabulary
  • Develop some understanding of Deaf Culture

Find out more, including how to register for the course, here>