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VDEI Auslan intensive - extension of deadline!

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The Victorian Deaf Education Institute is seeking teachers of the deaf to join an exciting opportunity for professional development:  an Intensive Professional Learning Program for Teachers who Teach Students who use Auslan.
This program is a partnership between the Victorian Deaf Education Institute and deafConnectEd (formerly NMIT, Centre for Excellence for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing). 
This five day intensive course from 8 – 12 December 2014 will be delivered in Auslan (without the use of interpreters) and is aimed at enhancing the Auslan skills for teachers of the deaf. A pre-assessment will be used to establish each participant’s skill level and during the course will be encouraged to refrain from using voice to communicate.
Who are the presenters? 
Stephanie Linder and Joe Sabolcec
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 up to fifteen teacher practitioners in Victoria with feedback on their Auslan skills as well as 25 hours of Auslan skill development through participation in a five day intensive workshop. The workshop 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?
Participants will submit two short language assessment activities for analysis approximately one week prior to the workshop. Participants will also attend the workshop as a block of five consecutive days from 8 to 12 December 2014. This workshop will be delivered in Auslan (without interpreters) by two experienced Auslan tutors at VDEI Melbourne.
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 consecutive workshop days.
What assistance is provided?
All class 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.

If you would like to be a part of this project, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return by email to before close of business on Friday 21 November 2014. You will be advised of the outcome of your application by Friday 28 November 2014. 
If you would like more information please contact Jamie Owen at or on (03) 9032 6404
VDEI looks forward to receiving your Expressions of Interest.