VDEI interviewed Kathy Galea, Deaf Facility Manager from Charles La Trobe College in relation to having students' resources captioned by the VDEI Caption Centre.
VDEI: Thanks for agreeing to talk to VDEI, Kathy! What has been the benefit to the students at Charles La Trobe Secondary College of having their resources captioned through the VDEI Caption Centre? Have you noticed a difference in your students, for example, in the level of student engagement and so on?
Kathy Galea: The Facility students from Charles La Trobe College have benefitted from having material captioned. It has allowed them to have equal access to DVDs and material used by teachers as part of their curriculum.
DVDs have been captioned from all subject areas including Technology (Food and Wood), Visual Communication, Science, Media, Humanities, Health and Wellbeing, Legal Studies, Careers as well as English and English as an Additional Language (EAL).
In the past, interpreters would have interpreted the material, necessitating the student to look from the DVD to the interpreter and back again or the students would have managed with what they could hear and see. Now students are fully engaged with the material and both hearing and deaf students have the advantage of the captions using them to clarify their understanding. They are able to access the material at the same time as their classmates.
Captions enable the material to be borrowed and reviewed at a later date if needed. A further benefit is that captions are in the language of the resource, giving students exposure to written English, which supports their literacy.
At Charles La Trobe College it is expected that all material presented in class will be captioned so that all students benefit equally from what is being presented. This is possible through the VDEI Captions Centre in Bendigo.