Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language

Course code EDUC6858
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course develops advanced knowledge and a high level of competence in the use of signed language for pedagogical purposes.


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  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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 11008, Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies 12365 or the Master of Special Education 10936 or the Master of Special Education 12356.

Assumed Knowledge

Mandatory course requirement: Auslan Proficiency Rating Scale Level 3 or equivalent. All core courses in MSpecEd or demonstrated equivalent.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Online Quiz: Linguistic features of Auslan

Log / Workbook: Teaching log

Project: Development of a teaching resource utilising both Auslan and English.

Compulsory Requirements

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.

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 21 hour(s) per Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term