The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course is a starting point for students wishing to learn Australian Sign language (Auslan) and to become aware of the deaf and hard of hearing 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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Give examples of competence in the production and comprehension of Auslan.

2. Effectively communicate Auslan in a variety of discourse forms and settings.

3. Validate and define the elementary linguistic features of Auslan and other signed languages.

4. Explain the impact of issues impacting on 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 in Deaf education
  • Auslan grammar
  • Indigenous Sign Languages
  • 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) (50%)

Presentation: Presentations - Individual (X2) (50%)

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2

Tutorials commence in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks starting in week 1