Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language
This course develops advanced knowledge and a high level of competence in the use of signed language for pedagogical purposes.
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education
Semester 1 - 2017
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced skill in the use of Auslan and, as appropriate, other types of sign communication used in bilingual education settings;
- Describe the principal linguistic features of Auslan relevant to its use as a language of instruction;
- Describe the range of currently available procedures for assessing Auslan development in children;
- Describe the range of currently available procedures for assessing the English language and literacy abilities of students who use signed language; and
- 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 using 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.
- This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies programs (11008 or 12365) or Master of Special Education programs (10936, 12356, or 40014).
||Mandatory course requirement: Auslan Proficiency Rating Scale Level 3 or equivalent.
All core courses in MSpecEd or demonstrated equivalent.
- Quiz: Online Quiz: Linguistic features of Auslan
- Log / Workbook: Teaching log
- Project: Development of a teaching resource utilising both Auslan and English.
Face to Face On Campus
per Week for
- 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.)
2017 Course Timetables for EDUC6858