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Activity 9.2

Activity 9.2

Expressing preferences

The students will consolidate their knowledge of the vocabulary and sentence patterns as they learn to express preferences.

Make sets of dominoes and/or memory cards using the template provided in Worksheet 9.3: Domino and memory card master.

How to play dominoes
To play dominoes, the students work in pairs or small groups. One student deals out the cards. They take turns to match the cards end to end. The winner is the first person who has no cards remaining.

How to carry out the memory task
For the memory task, the students, working in groups, place the cards face down on a table or desk with the words in one group and the sign illustrations in another. One after the other, they turn over two cards, one from the word group and the other from the sign group. They place these face up so that everyone can see them. If they make a pair, they put these cards to one side and have another turn. If the cards do not make a pair, they place the cards face down in their original positions.

If you think they are ready, add the rule that the student turning over the illustration card must sign the name in NZSL as they do so. If they can’t, the turn passes to the next student.

Expressing preferences
Play Scene B – Meeting the family.

Project the Scene B transcript to help you and your students focus on the parts where the actors express their likes and dislikes.

Ask the students what they observe about expressing preferences in NZSL.

When you are expressing that you don’t like something, you sign it as LIKE but you shake your head at the same time. It also works the other way around. If you want to emphasise that you like something, you sign LIKE and nod your head at the same time. The degree or intensity of "like" and "don’t like" depends on how vigorously you shake or nod your head.

Now play Clip 9.2a: What foods do you like?.

Project the examples below and have the students work in pairs to practise these.

I like to drink milk.


I don’t like meat.


I really like to drink milk.

IX-me LIKE++ MILKnod

I really don’t like meat.


I really, really love milk.

IX-me !LOVE! MILKnod

I really hate meat.

IX-me !HATE! MEATneg

Play Clip 9.2: What did you eat for breakfast?. Hand out copies of the Unit 9 sentence patterns to support the students as they practise.

Use the memory cards for this next task. This time, as a student picks up a card, they are to say whether they like or dislike the item shown and then ask another student about their preference.

Show Scene P – What a bargain!. Although the context is shopping, the students may be able to pick out expressions that indicate a person’s preference for a certain item. These examples will help them to further develop their receptive and productive skills in NZSL as they learn to communicate the degree of intensity of their preferences.

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Document Worksheet 9.3: Breakfast – Domino and memory card master Worksheet 1

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