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What is it really like to learn Auslan?

What is it really like to learn Auslan?

What is it really like to learn Auslan?

Australian Sign Language (Auslan) is the sign language of the Australian Deaf community. Auslan is a complete, unique language that was developed and is used by deaf/ hard of hearing people. Learning Auslan is a great language to add to your professional skill set for a number of reasons. Today we are diving into the details of learning Auslan, with the expertise of our trainer, Terence. So, what is it really like to learn Auslan?

Terence is a highly experienced Auslan trainer with over 40 years of experience, and is heavily involved in the deaf community. Terence is committed to creating inclusive spaces, and is passionate about raising awareness and knowledge regarding the culture and language of deaf people.

Benefits of learning Auslan

Learning Auslan is something anyone can do, which means students gain the capacity to communicate with peers, friends, and family members who use Auslan. By learning a visual language such as Auslan, an appreciation of the notions of Deafhood, cultural identity and community membership. Students who undertake Auslan classes come across more opportunities to reinforce social justice values, including the awareness of deafness as a difference than as a disability.
Learning a new language isn’t just fun- it also assists in the development of neural pathways and cognitive processes which are unique to using a visual language. Students gain an increased understanding of language acquisition, language systems and learning processes. Learning Auslan also allows students to access wider networks in the workplace, creating a more diverse experience.

How hard is it to begin learning Auslan?

Auslan uses its own unique signs, grammar and expressions. Obviously, learning any new language can take years to master, but it is easier than you think to get started. There are differences between English and Auslan, which may at first be confusing. Auslan has many ways of combining into a single sign complex meaning that can only be expressed with a sequence of words in English. Auslan doesn’t lack grammar, it just has a grammar of its own that is different to English.

What to expect when learning Auslan.

Auslan classes are generally pretty “hands on”, and require face-to face lessons. Most classes contain visual practices, interactions, activities, roleplays, reviews, storytelling, and questions to ensure students leave the course full of knowledge. Learning about the culture of deaf people, as well as the deaf community itself is a key aspect of Auslan classes.

Start your Auslan journey.

Begin with the basics– introducing yourself, following directions, identifying people and talking about family. Enrol into our Auslan Introduction short course to begin the adventure of learning this language. Certificate issued upon completion.
Develop those skills– discussing topics about yourself, family, school/work & residence in further detail. Asking and answering questions in greater depth. Enrol into our Auslan Intermediate short course to continue advancing your knowledge. Certificate issued upon completion.
Polish what you’ve learned- focusing on discussions and conversations that may take place in your local community, communicating in the real world of deaf people. Enrol into our Auslan Advanced short course to perfect your skills. Certificate issued upon completion.

Or, for those working in Early Learning – Enrol in a ECE tailored Auslan class and get a free Auslan book and cards!

Auslan training is available for private groups at your location, contact our office on 9905 3180 or msa-monashtraining@monash.edu.