Auslan Lessons Spell New Opportunities To Parklands Students


Students at Parklands Christian College will now be able to participate in the new Auslan program as part of the school’s LOTE (Language Other Than English) system. Auslan is short for Australian Sign Language and it plays an important role in not only improving literacy and numeracy outcomes but also strengthening the identity of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at the school.

“Within only two weeks of learning, our eager students knew how to fingerspell complex words using the Auslan alphabet and count to 10000”, LOTE Teacher, Dr. Elizabeth Tailby said. “Our students have taken to Auslan like ‘ducks to water’.”

The students will find themselves being challenged with the expectation of applying that knowledge to everyday conversations.

This is great news for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community as they are in short supply of Auslan interpreters.  Currently, they have approximately 100 Interpreters and over 5000 Auslan users.  With the introduction of NDIS the interpreters are in such demand that it is often impossible to find one when they’re needed.

“I look forward to growing this program further into the future with the assistance and support of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.” Dr. Tailby said.

Photos courtesy of Tracy Lane Photography

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