The Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) is seeking staff working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing to submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) for a professional development opportunity: an Intensive Auslan Professional Learning Program. This five day course, to be run over individual days during term 3 or term 4 2015, aims to enhance the Auslan skills of staff working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. A pre-assessment will be used to establish each participant’s skill level. It is anticipated that the course will run one day per fortnightly over one school term.
Who would benefit from this opportunity?
This program has been specifically designed for teachers of the deaf to enhance their Auslan skills.
What will I learn?
This project aims to provide teachers with feedback on their Auslan skills as well as 25 hours of Auslan skill development through participation in a five day intensive course. The course will 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 will also be provided with links to the Auslan resources used so they can continue to develop their language skills following the program.
How is this time structured?
A pre-assessment will be used to establish each participant’s skill level. Participants will submit two short language assessment activities for analysis approximately prior to the workshop. Participants will attend five days of professional learning held at fortnightly intervals over one school term. This workshop will be delivered in Auslan by experienced Auslan tutors in the VDEI Learning Centre, St Kilda Road Melbourne. Applicants will be split into two groups according to their skill level.
What are the expectations?
It is expected that participants complete and submit two short Auslan skill assessment activities prior to the course commencement and attend the five workshop days.
What assistance is provided?
• Cost of attending the course.
• All casual relief teaching costs from the participant’s school will be covered for the participants to attend the five day course.
• Lunch is provided for each day.
Any remaining funds not utilised by 31 December 2015, are required to be paid back to VDEI.
The grant amount will be confirmed to successful applicants by 5pm Friday 22 May 2015.
EOI’s close at 5pm, on Friday 8 May 2015.