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Online material

The online material is made up of:

  • an introduction
  • 20 units.


The introduction includes information about the resource and how it is meant to work.

In addition, the introduction give information about New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and Deaf culture and advice for teaching these.

A lesson outline and examples of classroom language using NZSL offer guidance on how to manage and use your class time. There are also some useful references, other resources, and a downloadable (PDF) progress chart template.


Each unit has a theme and learning outcomes linked to the curriculum achievement objectives for levels 1 and 2.

The units generally consist of:

  • an introductory page with some key information
  • four activities that integrate the video footage with a research-based second-language learning pedagogy and best-practice assessment
  • worksheets that include illustrations of the signs to be learned in each unit
  • templates for specified tasks
  • transcripts of the video scenes in NZSL with English translations.

Unit overviews
For Units 1 to 20, all overviews have learning outcomes and links to an internal page that has information and resources you can either use online or download.

Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language
Contains frequently used signs and allows for either Keyword Search in English and Māori or a Visual Search by hand shape and body location.

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