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.
- Semester 1 - 2015
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.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies or the Master of Special Education programs.
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.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Lecture: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.
- Lecture: Auslan Competency - Students must demonstrate the required competency. - Auslan Advanced competency.
Face to Face On Campus 21 hour(s) per Term
Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term