Melbourne polytechnic is the educational leader in Auslan teaching, with a range of study options including full time, part time and regional courses. The Auslan program also offers you countless opportunities to interact with the deaf community through events and work experience, giving you an authentic learning experience.
Each Auslan certificate includes online information and activities focusing on Deaf history and linguistics, as well as giving students the opportunity to research an area of personal interest. Each certificate level can be completed in 6 months if studying full time, or 1 year if studying part time. Therefore completing the full program to Diploma level will require 2 years of full time study, or 4 years of part time study.
This is the first step to accredited learning as well as an introduction to communicating with Deaf people. The course covers basic communication skills and will develop your knowledge and respect for Deaf Culture and its rich history. You will building your vocabulary in a range of different topic areas.
At the end of Cert II students will have gained sufficient language skills to enable them to hold basic conversations with a variety of people. Often these skills are developed through real-life experiences such as excursions. This provides students with adaptive techniques. Units on Deaf History and Deaf Education further complement the language units in this course.
At this level, students will focus on basic conversational topics in a number of different contexts and identify the significant differences between the structures of Auslan and English.
Diploma of Auslan
The Diploma of Auslan is the highest accreditation of Auslan training available. By this stage you will be able to interact by giving and receiving complex information in Auslan as well as identifying grammatical structures.
The work placement / observation opportunity for Diploma students provides experiences that will assist them in choosing vocational pathways. It also provides students with real experiences of employment in the Deafness sector.