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Expression of Interest - Coaching and Mentoring Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language

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​The Victorian Deaf Education Institute is seeking teachers of the deaf to join our exciting professional learning opportunity in 2016. We are offering five teachers mentoring for Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language

The one year professional learning program is organised by VDEI in collaboration with the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and the University of Newcastle. An expert in the field will mentor the advanced pedagogy in Auslan with evidence-based teaching skills and strategies. 

Who would benefit from this opportunity?

This professional learning opportunity will benefit teachers who instruct with proficient Auslan. The mentoring will help to advance their pedagogy to improve the literacy and general education of students whose preferred language is Auslan.

What will I learn?

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
•demonstrate advanced skill using Auslan and, as appropriate, other types of sign communication in bilingual education settings;
•describe the principal linguistic features of Auslan as a language of instruction;
•use the range of currently available procedures for assessing Auslan development in children;
•demonstrate the ability to assess the English language and literacy abilities of students who use Auslan; and
•demonstrate the process of translation between English and Auslan for educational purposes. 

 Course content 

Part 1: Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language 

Participants will complete the University of Newcastle’s non-award Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language (EDUC6858) course during Terms 1 and 2. This includes online participation in the University of Newcastle’s course and attending a three-day professional learning workshop at VDEI. Students can expect to invest an average of 9.5 hours a week for the course’s 13 weeks. This includes a three-day workshop at VDEI. More information on the university’s course is located at:

Part 2: Coaching and Mentoring: Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language

Terms 3 and 4 involve online mentoring. This will include video analysis and feedback analysis for recorded teaching of the teacher of the deaf. All online components are to be completed out of school hours. An average of 3.5 hours weekly study is expected during this semester.

What are the eligibility requirements?   

•an Auslan Proficiency Rating Scale of Level 3 is mandatory
•the participant must be a qualified teacher of the deaf. MSpecEd or equivalent
•professional experience in a bilingual educational program
•a letter from the applicant’s Principal endorsing the teacher’s participation in the course
•the applicant must have attended at least two of the VDEI workshops conducted by Michelle Baker and Michelle Stark since 2013.

How do I apply?

Please complete the Expression of Interest form if you are interested and meet the eligibility criteria. Participation also requires approval from your principal or manager.

Please print, sign and scan the form and return to VDEI at Dr Paul Jacobs can be contacted at this email if you would like more information.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 5:00 pm Friday 4 December 2015.  VDEI will advise you of the outcome of your application by Friday 18 December 2015.