The status of NZSL as an official native language of New Zealand is held in high regard overseas and more research is needed in the areas of NZSL and interpreting to raise awareness of the issues and develop solutions.
Our dynamic classroom environment encourages student participation at each stage of the learning journey. Relationships with the Deaf community, interpreting fraternity and local booking agencies mean students have access to up to date information delivered in a variety of modes.
These include guest speakers, work experience, use of online learning packages and technology that allows staff to interact with students directly to provide valuable feedback.
Students will learn:
285104 Research and Analysis
165600 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes
915002 Ki te Whaiao: Introduction to Maori Society
916307 Aotearoa New Zealand Culture and Society
Year 2 papers:
166902 New Zealand Sign Language 3
166904 Introduction to the Interpreting Profession
166905 Ethical Decision-Making
167901 New Zealand Sign Language 4
167902 Current Issues in the Deaf World
167904 Comparative Analysis of English and NZSL
167905 NZSL Interpreting 1 – Dialogic Interactions
In the second and third years, students are introduced to the interpreting profession, including the history of interpreting internationally and in New Zealand. Specific interpreting skills are taught sequentially. Students also learn comparative linguistics of their two working languages, and how to make ethical decisions.
167906 NZSL Interpreting 2 – Monologic Interactions
167907 NZSL Interpreting 3 – Advanced Interpreting Techniques
167771 Advanced Interpretation Legal Interpreting OR 167781 Advanced Interpretation Health Studies
167770 Advanced Interpretation Legal Studies OR 167780 Advanced Interpretation Health Studies
167908 NZSL Interpreting Practicum Experience I – Observations
167909 NZSL Interpreting Practicum Experience II – Professional Practice
In the final year students choose either the legal or health streams [or both], and finish off their study with a comprehensive practicum component spanning both semesters.
This will involve real life observations of qualified interpreters at work in the first semester, and another semester where students can practise their interpreting skills in authentic settings alongside qualified interpreters and ultimately on their own.
Minors and electives
For a complete list of the potential electives, see Minors in the Bachelor of Arts.
Opportunities exist in various interpreting settings in the deaf community, which includes areas such as:
The Ministry of Economic Development have funded scholarships to support students who want to become qualified NZSL interpreters, and to contribute to building a qualified national NZSL interpreter workforce to staff a potential future Video Relay Service.