Auslan hands

Term 4 2019

Students will be coming to Auslan and concluding their first year of learning Auslan. They are learning how to communicate about themselves. 

They will learn how to describe their:

  • Hair colour and style
  • Eye colour
  • Favourite colour
  • Favourite Animal
  • Favourite food

Students will then revise an earlier unit of work about families, and consolidate the previous unit of work, by describing their families hair colours, hair styles, eye colours, and the size and makeup of their families.

At the end of term students will be revising all the learning they have done this year and celebrating their achievements. 

We hope students will continue to do an amazing job of learning how to communicate in Auslan. As well as continue to develop their cultural awareness of the language and culture and demonstrating this at NMPS.


What is Auslan?

Auslan is the sign language of the Australian Deaf community, used for over 100 years by several people in the Deaf community. Auslan is a language just like any other spoken language in its own right, with its own grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary. The only difference between Auslan and spoken languages is that it doesn’t involve speaking verbally, but rather signed using facial expressions, hand and body language. It has its own grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary. Benefits of Auslan to any child include increased memory retention, increased reading ability, growth in English language vocabulary, enhanced spelling proficiency and further brain development stimulation.

Auslan is currently offered once a week to the preps Grade 1-3 level.  The aim of the Auslan program this year is to give every child an introduction to the language, it’s users and the opportunity to learn a new skill and to have fun through a variety of games, movement activities, art, and songs.