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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 during Term 4

Sign up to the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) introductory course running in term four and learn how to finger-spell the alphabet, basic phrases, numbers, some university specific vocabulary and basic grammar.

No previous NZSL experience is required and the course is open to both students and staff.

Classes will be held each Thursday of term four from 12.00 – 12.50pm in the Puaka-James Hight building on 13, 20 and 27 of September and, 4, 11 and 18 October. The course costs $60.

Handouts are provided and there is no structured homework with the course, but practicing what you have learnt between classes is encouraged to enhance your learning.

Sign up today to learn New Zealand’s third official language.
Simply email Nicola McDonald nicola.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz for details and a form to enrol.

NZ Sign Language Introductory Courses

NZ Sign Language Introductory Courses cover finger-spelling alphabet and basic phrases, numbers, some university specific vocabulary and basic grammar. No previous NZSL experience is required and the course is open to both students and staff.

Classes will be held each Thursday of term 1 from 12noon to 12.50pm in the Puaka-James Hight building. The dates are 22 Feb, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March.  Handouts are provided, there is no structured homework though practicing signs between classes is encouraged to enhance your learning. 

For the course to run in term 1 there needs to be a minimum of 10 participants. Courses will be offered in terms 2, 3, and 4 most likely on the same day and time and provided there are at least 10 attendees. Please email me if you’d like to register for the term 1 course, and I will send you a payment form (the cost is $60).

Here is some feedback from a previous course:

During term 3 I was fortunate enough to learn sign language through a course offered by the University. I signed up to this course because I think as an official New Zealand language it is something we should all know the basics in. My speech and hearing is something I take for granted every day and learning sign language gave me a greater appreciation for the abilities that I have, as well as allowing me to communicate with the deaf community. I definitely intend on continuing to learn sign language, to extend my conversational skills and to continue learning about deaf culture. Sign language is a transferable skill across study, work and our day to day lives. I encourage you all to consider taking this course next time it is offered, you will learn how to sign common phrases, ask questions and master basic conversations. 

Nicola McDonald
Disability Resource Advisor
nicola.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz

New Zealand Sign Language Week

NZSLW2016_Website_LogoIt’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week this week – a celebration of one of our country’s official languages.

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner encourages all New Zealanders to take part in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week to celebrate one of the country’s official languages and its role in developing a strong Deaf community.

NZSL Classes

UC runs regular sign language classes, which are open to staff and students. These classes fill up very quickly, so if you’re interested in learning NZSL please email disabilities@canterbury.ac.nz about upcoming courses in Terms 3 and 4 or visit www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability

You will learn finger spelling (alphabet), basic communication and signs, including some university-related ones, and a little about Deaf culture.

More about New Zealand Sign Language Week

The week runs from 9 May to 15 May. For more information on what is happening around the country, visit: http://deaf.org.nz/nzslw-2016-events