VDEI recently held its week-long Intensive Professional Learning Program for Teachers who Teach Students who use Auslan. Six Victorian teachers of the deaf took part in this five day intensive course, specifically designed to enhance their Auslan skills, from 8 – 12 December 2014.
It was delivered wholly in Auslan (without the use of interpreters) and during the course participants were encouraged to refrain from using voice to communicate.
This program has been developed through a partnership between the Victorian Deaf Education Institute and deafConnectEd (formerly NMIT, Centre for Excellence for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing).
The project gave teacher practitioners feedback on their Auslan skills as well as 25 hours of Auslan skill development.he project gave teacher practitioners feedback on their Auslan skills as well as 25 hours of Auslan skill development. The project provided the opportunity to discuss some of the more complex features of Auslan including the use of space, depicting signs and strategies such as constructed action and dialogue. Participants were also provided with links to the Auslan resources used so they can continue to develop their language skills following the program. The presenters were highly trained Auslan experts, Stephanie Linder and Joe Sabolcec.