Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Winter - 2018
  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate foundation abilities in the production and comprehension of Auslan

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

3. Demonstrate knowledge of elementary linguistic features of Auslan and other signed languages

4. Demonstrate 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


This course replaces LING2070. If you have successfully completed LING2070 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Examination: Home online (X2)

Presentation: Presentations - Individual (X2)

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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