The development and use of both Auslan and English remains the focus of bilingual classrooms for Deaf students who want to become proficiently bilingual. This requires teachers to have a clear picture about the language needs of their students and to develop programs that respond to the learning needs of individuals. This two day workshop uses sign language assessment results and written English sample analysis to establish goals for bilingual deaf children in both English and Auslan and discusses resulting programming implications. Day 1 of the workshop steps participants through the process using student English work samples and Auslan assessment results. Day 2 is an opportunity to transfer this to their own practice, with participants encouraged to bring student written samples and any Auslan assessment. This workshop is relevant to participants working with deaf children who use sign language- most especially teachers and speech language pathologists involved in language programming. It is desirable for participants to have some understanding of sign language linguistics in order to participate in activities.This workshop will be delivered by Michelle Baker and Michelle Stark, approved providers of training and accreditation of professionals in the use of the Assessing Ausian Development tool. The Assessing Auslan Development tool was developed by VDEI in partnership with La Trobe University, and adapted the Assessing British Sign Language Development: Receptive Skills Test and the Assessing British Sign Language Development: Production Skills Test with the support of the British authors, for use in the Australian context.Registrations close on Sunday 8 October 2017 at 5.00pm.
Michelle Stark is a qualified teacher of the deaf and professional sign language interpreter with 27 years' experience in the field of education. She has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary settings with both deaf and hearing students and has particular interest in bilingual education, pedagogy and literacy. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching from Griffith University and a PG Dip in Applied Linguistics (Literacy) and Master of Arts (Deafness and Communication) from Macquarie University. Michelle has developed and delivered a range of training opportunities in the field of deaf education both as part of the Transition to Auslan Project with the Department of Education, Training and Employment from 2009-2012, and in a private consultancy role. Michelle is currently the Manager, Education at Deaf Services Queensland.
Michelle Baker has been working as a teacher of the deaf for nearly twenty years. In 2005, she received the Queensland Premier's Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work in Sign Bilingualism. For the last five years, Michelle has been involved in the production and delivery of training on Sign Bilingual education for staff working with deaf children. Michelle's postgraduate studies, and the focus of much of the training she has developed, centres on the pedagogical use of sign language in the classroom and how this affects English literacy development for deaf students.
Teachers of the deaf, speech pathologists, allied health professionals working with children and who have some understanding of sign language linguistics.
The closest train station to VDEI is the Prahran station, on the Sandringham line.The closest tram stops are Tram Stop 27 (cnr St Kilda Road and High Street) and Tram stop 28 (cnr Punt Road and High Street).
Unfortunately, there is no parking available on site at VDEI. There are two options available:1. Metered street parking is available on St Kilda Road and High Street; and2. All day paid car parking is available in close walking distance to VDEI atPullman Melbourne Albert Park, Queens Road (crn Lorne Street) or Wilson Carpark, Queens Lane.