Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language

10 Units

This course develops advanced knowledge and a high level of competence in the use of signed language for pedagogical purposes.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced skill in the use of Auslan and, as appropriate, other types of sign communication used in bilingual education settings;
  2. Describe the principal linguistic features of Auslan relevant to its use as a language of instruction;
  3. Use the range of currently available procedures for assessing Auslan development in children;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to assess the English language and literacy abilities of students who use signed language; and
  5. Demonstrate the process of translation between English and Auslan for educational purposes.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to the linguistic features of Auslan relevant to its use as a language of instruction;
  • Theory and practice of code-switching between different types of sign communication, including natural sign systems;
  • Demonstration and analysis of specific teaching techniques using signed language, including explanation of new concepts, using questioning effectively, and managing group discussions;
  • Translating texts from English to Auslan;
  • Translating texts from Auslan to English;
  • Theory and practice in assessing Auslan development.
  • Assessing and teaching English language and literacy through sign language;
  • Assessing and teaching aspects of spoken language skills for students who sign (including visual phonics); and
  • Creating and adapting resources for sign language- using families and classrooms.
Assumed Knowledge Mandatory course requirement: Auslan Proficiency Rating Scale Level 3 or equivalent. All core courses in MSpecEd or demonstrated equivalent.
Assessment Items
  • Quiz: Online Quiz: Linguistic features of Auslan
  • Log / Workbook: Teaching log
  • Project: Development of a teaching resource utilising both Auslan and English.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 21 hour(s) per Term
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • General Course Requirements:: 1. Lecture: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. (Attendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.) 2. Lecture: Auslan Competency - Students must demonstrate the required competency. (Auslan Advanced competency.)
Course Materials
  • Renwick
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6858

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