Thursday, 12 May 2022

New Zealand Sign Language Week

This week is a very important week for Aotearoa as it is when we celebrate and raise awareness for one of our three official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). We use sign language as much as we can in Tautoru, practicing nine new signs every two weeks. In addition, this week we learnt to sign the alphabet and to introduce ourselves to others.

We practiced the alphabet using the posters photographed below and watching videos that showed the signs in action. After this we learnt how to say “hello, my name is…” followed by the signed letters of our names. 

It was a lot of fun learning the alphabet this week, please ask your tamariki or any Tautoru kids you see around to sign their names to you, I am sure they will love to show off what we have learnt!

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