Auslan 1


This course is a starting point for students wishing to learn Australian Sign language (Auslan) and to become aware of the Deaf community and its culture. No prior knowledge of Auslan or contact with deaf people is assumed. Students will learn fingerspelling and signs, and by the completion of the course will be able to participate in short dialogues. Students will also investigate elements of Auslan linguistics and explore issues related to Deaf culture, community and history.



  • Semester 1 - 2015


  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Foundation abilities in the production and comprehension of Auslan

2. Ability to use Auslan in a variety of discourse forms and settings

3. Knowledge of elementary linguistic features of Auslan and other signed languages

4. Understanding of issues relating to Deaf culture, community and history


The subject will provide an introduction to the study and acquisition of Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Topics studied will include:

  • communication strategies
  • elements of Auslan
  • models of language in the Deaf community
  • Auslan grammar
  • classifiers
  • timelines
  • Deaf culture
  • Deaf sport

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LING2070. Students who have successfully completed LING2070 are not eligible to enrol in HUMA2070.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Examination: Home online (X2)

Presentation: Presentations - Individual (X2)

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term