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Activity 7.4

Activity 7.4

Using and responding to classroom instructions

The students will use and respond to classroom instructions.

You will already have been using and having the students respond to some classroom instructions. They will gain a better understanding of these instructions and be able to respond to them appropriately if you use them regularly.

Increasing the amount of NZSL you use in the classroom will enable hearing students to gain some experience, albeit limited, of what things are like for Deaf people. It will also enable them to engage in genuine social interaction with their peers as they as they work together on tasks that help them learn and use NZSL in different contexts.

If needed, print out copies of the classroom instructions and hand these out to the students for their reference. Play clip 0.2 for the students to review how they are signed. Have the students sign along with the presenter until they are very familiar with the meanings of all the expressions and can sign them confidently.

Whenever the students work in groups, remind them to use NZSL expressions to encourage and support each other and to indicate where a student’s signing is not as accurate as it could be. Have them practise the following:

No, that's not right.

RIGHT "wave no"neg

That's right!


Select one of the tasks from activity 7.2 for the students to complete. Ask them to incorporate as many of the classroom expressions as they can into the task. Monitor this as you walk around the classroom.

Discuss their experience of using more language as they worked together on the task. Ask them if using more language helped them to interact socially with the other students. Remind them of the achievement objectives and the assessment criteria. Help them to explore their thinking so that they reflect critically on their own progress in using NZSL to interact socially with others. Challenge them to keep using as much NZSL as possible when they work together on tasks.

Learning a new language extends students’ linguistic and cultural understanding and their ability to interact appropriately with other speakers.

The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) page 24

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