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Activity 16.2

Activity 16.2

How much is it?

The students will ask about and will express costs.

Play clip 16.2b and have the students practise the patterns along with the presenters. Give the students copies of the sentence patterns from the Unit 16 overview to add to their resource base.

Play scene P. Explain that dollar amounts can be emphasised in signing to indicate scale and intensity. Ask them whether they noticed how Ella signed the dollar amount when she said:

Forty dollars for two! Cheap!


The sign YOU-all includes more than two persons. The index handshape sweeps in a closed circling motion or in an outwards arc to include the intended persons.

To help your students to see more of how NZSL is used in the context of shopping, play scene K. This is the scene in which the group is in a fruit shop buying food for a picnic. Again, help your students to observe how feelings are expressed around costs. For example, ask them to note how Charles indicates his sense of relief when he says:

Three dollars. That's cheap! I can afford that!


Project the scene K transcript or the scene P transcript on a screen or hand out copies. As the students view the scenes, they can verify for themselves what is being communicated and identify the features you’ve asked them to notice.

Have the students practise role-playing one or both scenes. Play the scenes many times to ensure that they have a good model to follow as they develop their fluency in role-playing these situations.

Clip 16.2b

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