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Sign Language 1

The Deaf Society runs classes regularly in Parramatta. All enrolments to be made directly with The Deaf Society ph: 02 8833 3600 or enrol online at their site.

Sign Language 1 offers students the unique and fun experience of learning how to communicate visually using Auslan (Australian sign language), the native language of the Australian Deaf Community.

By the end of Sign Language 1, students will be able to:

  • Greet others and introduce yourself
  • Provide and request personal details, e.g. phone number, address
  • Fingerspell in Auslan
  • Count in Auslan
  • Ask and answer simple questions using ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’, etc.
  • Communicate practical vocabulary, including colours, days of the week, and family relationships
  • Express agreement and disagreement
  • Use visual-gestural communication strategies
  • Identify the Deaf Community
  • Explain effective ways of communicating with deaf people

Sign Language 1 is the recommended starting point for people who would like to learn Auslan (Australian sign language).

With further study and qualifications, students will be able to pursue employment working with deaf people and/or other Auslan users, e.g. in education, childcare, disability services or as an Auslan/English interpreter.

Together with Sign Language 2, Sign Language 1 provides a pathway into studying nationally-recognised accredited Auslan courses, i.e. Certificate II, III and IV in Auslan, the Diploma of Auslan, and the Diploma of Auslan/English interpreting.

Your Sign Language 1 trainer is deaf. Please remember to ‘voice off’ in class.

Sign Language 1 is the ideal starting point for students with no experience of signed languages or the Deaf Community.

All enrolments to be made directly with The Deaf Society ph: 02 8833 3600 or enrol online at their site.

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