This year, students in Year 3-6 will be learning Auslan. Auslan is short for Australian Sign Language and is the language developed by, and for, Australians who are Deaf or hearing impaired. It’s a visual form of communication that uses hand, arm and body movements to convey meaning. Auslan has its own grammatical system that is totally separate from English and relies on a combination of hand shapes, movements and facial expressions to deliver messages.
Learning how to communicate in Auslan and understanding more about the Deaf community, culture and history are extremely important as it allows us to break down communication barriers within our very own community and create and an inclusive society that celebrates language and diversity.