Students from all year levels attend Auslan for two terms in a weekly session with a specialist Auslan teacher. The overriding goal is to develop student skills in non-verbal communication. Lessons consist of hands on activities involving mime, finger spelling and general signing and students participate in performance and create visual displays by visiting experts.
Developing the language of Auslan enhances student confidence in communication, opens up networks within the community and supports concepts explored within the general classroom. The commitment involved is to develop language skills that will allow students to achieve their greatest possible potential
Background information: The national Auslan curriculum has two strands: an L1 first language learning pathway for deaf students to learn Auslan as native users, and an L2 second language learning pathway for hearing students. The curriculum accomodates both deaf and hearing students across Australia. It recognises the contribution of deaf communities and cultures to Australian society and acknowledges their place within it.
Although Auslan and other sign languages have no written form, they have their own unique vocabulary and grammar. They can convey nuanced, technical, and complex meaning. Signing communities around the world have their own established traditions with regard to sign singing, theatre, poetry, storytelling, comedy, and jokes