6-12 May 2024
New Zealand Sign Language is an official and unique language of New Zealand. It is the language of New Zealand’s Deaf community. Like other signed languages, NZSL uses the hands, the body, and facial expressions (including lip patterns) to express meaning. NZSL has its own grammatical structure and ways of expressing ideas.
The New Zealand Curriculum recognises that New Zealand needs more people who are fluent users of NZSL. By learning NZSL, hearing students are able to communicate with their Deaf peers and participate in the Deaf community. Skilled communicators may find career opportunities that involve working with Deaf people.
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