Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language

Course code EDUC6858Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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 .

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon 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.
ContentTopics 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
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMandatory course requirement: Auslan Proficiency Rating Scale Level 3 or equivalent.
All core courses in MSpecEd or demonstrated equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsExperience Based Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Presentations - IndividualPresentation and discussion of individual videotaped teaching activities, completion of log summarising responses
ProjectsEvidence based teaching resource utilising both Auslan and English to be posted and discussed on Blackboard
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 21 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentAttendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment limited to Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and Master of Special Education.
Compulsory Course ComponentAuslan Advanced competency.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6858