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. RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Student Handbook at . Completion of this course requires attendance at a compulsory campus conference. Dates and venues of campus conferences are available in the RIDBC Renwick Centre Timetable located at .

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected 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.
Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Assumed Knowledge Mandatory course requirement: Auslan Proficiency Rating Scale Level 3 or equivalent. All core courses in MSpecEd or demonstrated equivalent.
Assessment Items
  • Presentations - Individual - Presentation and discussion of individual videotaped teaching activities, completion of log summarising responses
  • Projects - Evidence based teaching resource utilising both Auslan and English to be posted and discussed on Blackboard
  • Quiz - On-line -
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 21 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Compulsory Course Component: Attendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment limited to Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and Master of Special Education.
  • Compulsory Course Component: Auslan Advanced competency.
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC68581

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