Sign Language in Education Advanced Practice
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Aims to develop an advanced level of knowledge and a high level of competence in the use of sign language for pedagogical purposes.
Contact hours: 2 hours per week
This course is administered by the RIDBC Renwick Centre. Successful completion of this course may require students to source their own textbooks and attend compulsory lecture days in Sydney. Further details are available from the Distance Education Co-ordinator +61 (02) 9872-0811 or email@example.com".Attendance on-campus is expected for some components of this course".
The subject aims to:
(a) assist students to develop an advanced level of knowledge and skill necessary for developing and implementing educational programmes for hearing impaired students who use sign language and/or a natural sign system based on Auslan as their regular language or mode of communication;
(b) allow students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their understanding of the development of sign language and its use in teaching in bilingual sign/spoken language classroom settings.
This subject will operate through a dual approach of lectures/tutorials and practical classes. The practical sessions will comprise activities to develop further competence in the use of sign communication for specific pedagogical purposes. Specially the sessions will involve conversation and vocabulary extension classes and the involvement of students in micro-teaching experiences (teaching peers and/or small groups of deaf students). As part of this component, all students will be expected to participate in an Auslan only week-end to further develop their sign communication skills and sociolinguistic awareness.
The weekly lectures/tutorials will variously focus on case presentations from the micro-teaching experiences and presentations on specific relevant topics by the lecturers. Case presentations will cover a range of topics including questioning approaches and efficacy, story telling, and metalinguistics (specifically, the explanation of English structure and pragmatics in Auslan for English, second language learning children). Lectures/tutorials will cover content including forms of assessment, modifying assessment, modifying classroom techniques and curriculum materials, behaviour management, working with deaf parents, working with deaf professionals and para-professionals in the classroom environment, and managing the physical environment for signing students.
Demonstrated competence in Auslan at a level equivalent to at least that stipulated by the assessment criteria for the Renwick College subject Auslan for Educators 2 or concurrent pursuit of a course of study in Auslan that will result in the development of skills to at least that level within the period of enrolment in the subject.
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term