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Introduction

Thumbs Up! An Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language is a communicative language resource designed to help students and teachers express themselves in a new language and communicate with those who use NZSL in their daily lives. It also supports teacher learning. View the introductory video: Learn NZSL! Use NZSL! Enjoy NZSL!

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is recognised as an official language of New Zealand through the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006 and has special mention in The New Zealand Curriculum (2007).

When NZSL is taught as an additional language, it fits within the aims and objectives of learning languages in the New Zealand Curriculum.

Learning NZSL gives hearing people insight into the NZ Deaf community. In turn, this allows Deaf people to communicate with hearing people more easily. Thus, our society becomes more inclusive. And as more New Zealanders learn NZSL, one of our country’s official languages, a distinct Aotearoa New Zealand identity is built.

Browse the navigation tabs at the top of this page for ready access to units, the video gallery, and classroom resources.

The links on the left hand of this page provide access to information and resources relating to NZSL, Deaf culture, Teach and learn NZSL, and "Thumbs Up!".

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