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Thumbs Up! An Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language is based on learning languages at levels 1 and 2 of the New Zealand Curriculum.

The National Curriculum is composed of The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa which set the direction for student learning and provide guidance for schools as they design and review their curriculum.

Learning Languages strands

Learning languages has three strands.

The Communication strand lists the achievement objectives to be assessed.

Two strands that support this are Language Knowledge and Cultural Knowledge. The supporting strands describe what your students need to learn and integrate in order to be able to communicate effectively.

Curriculum direction and documents

The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) sets the curriculum direction for New Zealand schools.

The curriculum documents published for individual languages are now referred to as "language guidelines"; they offer guidance to teachers on matters relating to the specific language they are teaching.

New Zealand Sign Language in the New Zealand Curriculum

NZSL in the New Zealand Curriculum (2006)
Outlines guidelines that embody the principles, attitudes, values, and essential skills relevant to the learning and teaching of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).

The document also provides:

  • information about NZSL
  • approaches for teaching NZSL
  • detailed proficiency descriptors
  • achievement objectives for levels 1 and 2.

New Zealand Curriculum Guides Senior Secondary

New Zealand Sign Language
Provides guidance for those teaching languages and gives details about key concepts, pedagogy, connection, learning programme design, and more.

Includes information about NZSL achievement standards for Level 6, 7, and 8 (developed for use from 2017).

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