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Activity 5.2

Activity 5.2

Using numbers to give scores

The students will use numbers to give and interpret scores.

Play Clip 5.2b: What's the score?.

Ask the students to observe how the numbers are signed when giving scores. Did they notice that no dashes are used? English uses dashes, for example, when expressing the score 11–2. In NZSL, the numbers in scores are signed in different spaces to signify that there are two different scores, so you would sign 11 in front of you and 2 further to the right.

Ask the students to take turns to practise signing scores in pairs. Their partner works out what the score is each time.

Remind them that expressing scores includes expressing feelings about the score. When you are giving a score that relates to a team you are supporting for such as when your soccer team has just won 4–2, you sign the 4 in front of your chest and the 2 further away from you. This signals a "me against them" type of thinking.

This way of signing can also be applied to a New Zealand national team playing against another team. For example, if your national team lost 10–14, you would sign this as LOST 10 (your chest) 14 (further out in front of you).

Telling somone the score

Let's say you are watching a game being played and someone arrives. You need to give the score to that person.

To do so, you point to the team actually playing on your left and sign IX-2. Then you point to the team playing on your right and sign the score for that team.

When tyou are elling someone about the score of two teams that have played recently, you sign the name of the first team slightly to your left. Then, to give the score, you point to that signing space and sign, for example, IX-14. For the other team, you repeat the actions slightly to your right.

Class task
Select five students. Each student signs the names of five sports to the class, giving a score for each sport. The class members write down the name of the sport with its score. After each sequence, the students check the accuracy of their information with the signer.

Watch a clip
Play Scene F – On-court drama. Ask the students to identify the scores in the dialogue. Use your copy of the Scene F transcript to check their responses. Replay the scene so that your students can sharpen their focus on how people converse naturally in NZSL about sport.

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