Published on: 23rd October 2023
Meet Chloe, an enthusiastic Auslan Trainer at Deaf Connect, teaching students on their very first steps in their Auslan learning journeys. In this interview, we delve into Chloe’s journey and discover how teaching is not just a profession, it is a passion of hers.
Teaching Auslan fills Chloe with an immense sense of pride. To her, teaching Auslan is more than a job; it’s an opportunity to share her love for a language that has profoundly shaped her identity and values. Chloe says “The reason I joined the teaching team, was really my passion is Auslan. It is such a beautiful language. I feel proud to be able to teach Auslan.” Chloe adds “The teaching team here is brilliant; I can communicate with them easily as a Deaf employee, which makes me feel connected and comfortable working here.”
Chloe emphasises the significance of gaining even basic Auslan skills, especially in emergency situations, where clear communication can save lives. She firmly believes that Auslan is more than just a language; it’s a bridge that connects Deaf and hearing communities, allowing them to come together and break down barriers.
In Chloe’s words, “Auslan is important. It is one of Australia’s languages. Auslan provides that bridge between the Deaf and hearing communities and brings everyone together… It’s such a rich language and worth it for everyone to learn to be able to give that access.”
As an Auslan trainer, Chloe has the opportunity to meet a diverse range of individuals in her introduction classes, each driven by unique motivations. The first day of class is always an exciting journey for her, as she uncovers the range of reasons why her students have chosen to learn Auslan. Their motivations range from improving communication with Deaf colleagues to connecting with Deaf individuals in their community or even learning Auslan to better communicate with a Deaf family member.
For those considering a career in teaching Auslan, Chloe offers this message: Go for it! Teaching Auslan is an opportunity to make a meaningful impact on individuals’ lives while celebrating the richness of Deaf culture. If you’re inspired by Chloe’s journey and believe that teaching Auslan could be the career for you, you can find out more and apply by visiting the careers page here.
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If you think a career as an Auslan Trainer is right for you, you can apply now by visiting our careers page here.