Meet Robyn from our Education team

Published on: 17th February 2022

Meet Auslan teacher of eleven years Robyn Wood

Robyn Wood is our Senior Coordinator for Workforce Training. We asked her to chat about her work as an Auslan teacher, here’s what she had to say:

Hi, I’m Robyn Wood. I am the Senior Coordinator for Workforce training within the education team at Deaf Connect¬†(formerly Deaf Services and the Deaf Society). I have been teaching¬†Auslan¬†for eleven years but¬†didn‚Äôt¬†always know¬†I was going to be an¬†Auslan¬†teacher. I started with teaching¬†community¬†classes and then moved onto accredited courses¬†and¬†have really¬†enjoyed it.

A typical day of work for an Auslan teacher consists of preparation and organisation to ensure the students have access to everything they need to learn that day. There is of course, assessments and marking too.

I would recommend teaching¬†Auslan¬†as a career as¬†it¬†is¬†an excellent opportunity to teach the hearing community about our language ‚ÄstAuslan. I also¬†think¬†students prefer¬†learning¬†from deaf teachers because¬†it’s¬†their¬†language and culture.

Before becoming an Auslan teacher, I recommend you complete the Diploma of Auslan. Through the Diploma, you will learn about our language and structure. You would also be required to do extra training, such as Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

One of my greatest joys is seeing¬†students’¬†progress through¬†the¬†Auslan¬†qualifications from Certificate II through to Diploma of¬†Auslan¬†and become¬†interpreters. It’s such a¬†rewarding¬†feeling.

Auslan¬†is incredibly important to me because it’s my communication method. Not only does¬†Auslan¬†break down barriers,¬†it’s¬†a beautiful language. Being¬†deaf, my community is part of my life, and¬†Auslan¬†is entrenched within my community – using¬†Auslan¬†and interacting with my community is where I feel most at home, in my comfort zone,¬†it is where I feel most connected.

My goal is to recruit more deaf people to become Auslan teachers and have more of the wider community learning the beautiful language of Auslan.

If you have ever considered a career teaching Auslan, now is the time. Learn more and apply now by visiting our careers page here.

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