This year, St. Mary’s will be beginning its journey in providing all students the opportunity to learn Auslan through its LOTE program.
Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Deaf community and is the main form of communication for people who are deaf or hearing impaired residing in Australia. It uses visual forms of communication involving a mixture of hand, face and other bodily expressions to convey meaning.
Students engaged in this Auslan program will be immersed in a wide range of lessons that reflect the context of their local community and will incorporate students’ interests and enquiries. Throughout the school year, students will be engaging in sign language through exploration, problem-solving and play in another language.
Through the learning of Auslan as a second language, students will be:
Learning Auslan as a second language not only gives students a lifelong skill but increases their ability to communicate with members of the Australian deaf community. The increased sense of belonging and community that may be associated with this holds the potential to increase enjoyment in communicating for both hearing and deaf members of society.