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Exchange greetings with the students and have them greet each other. Use NZSL, and encourage your students to use NZSL for classroom management routines.

Links to prior knowledge

Make links to the prior learning, knowledge, and experiences of your students. If you have set homework, make time for your students to show what they have learnt or found out. Ask them to talk about the resources and techniques they used.

Strategies and elements you can use during the lessons

Share the learning intentions with your students, both for the unit and for each lesson.


View the video clips and scenes together. Find out how much language your students can understand in context. Replay the videos to confirm or modify their initial, and ongoing, sense making.

The video scenes provide examples of NZSL used in a range of situations. Your students can role-play the scenes exactly as they are shown, adapt them to suit their own purposes, or create their own unique dialogues based on what they have been learning.

Show the video clips and scenes as often as possible for modelling purposes.

Help the students to observe, notice, and discuss elements of the language and culture in order to explore the connections and comparisons they can make with their own languages and cultures in ways that promote their critical reflection and ongoing learning.

Communicating effectively

Some tasks are about learning vocabulary, to provide foundation knowledge. Other tasks explore the situational use of NZSL. The overarching goal is for the students to communicate effectively using NZSL.

Prioritise the tasks that enable them to interact with each other for genuine communicative purposes inside and outside the classroom. Use techniques such as open discussion and inquiry learning to develop their skills of observation and their curiosity.

Activities and worksheets

Work through the activities at a pace that suits the needs and interests of your learners. Encourage your students to take the lead in the activities.

Use the worksheets in different ways to increase learning support. Use self-assessment and peer-assessment processes routinely to monitor task achievement.

Unit 10 - Let's have fun 
Offers guidelines and criteria for assessment aligned to the curriculum.

Applying what's been learned

Urge your students to view the video clips and scenes online outside of timetabled language learning times. Encourage them to use NZSL with each other and with other NZSL users. Set tasks that will allow them to show or teach others what they have been learning.

Tell your students about the new learning ahead of them. Challenge them to see what they can find out before the next lesson.


Close with a farewell routine that uses NZSL.

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