Since Auslan is a visual language, not a written one, it is important to discover the most effective way for students to learn. La Trobe University put forward a successful ARC Linkage Grant application in partnership with Monash University and Melbourne Polytechnic with Vicdeaf contributing as an industry partner. Results from this project will be used to improve delivery across all programs.
The research project Bridging the theory-practice gap in the teaching of sign languages will:
- develop and test a wide variety of Auslan teaching resources and teacher training workshops
- work with students to identify individual differences in learning styles and study approaches, and ways to optimise their out- of -class language learning
- develop a protocol for testing Auslan levels, which can be used to evaluate individual progress/strengths and weaknesses as well as the degree to which students are internalising specific points taught in class.
Work commenced on this project in 2015 and 171 Auslan students at Melbourne Polytechnic completed a survey, which looked at the range of learning experiences, their reasons for learning and how they study best.
Monash University heads the Australian Research Council (ARC) project, in partnership with La Trobe University. This research project Bridging the theory-practice gap in the teaching of sign languages will: