What our Students say
It was such a life changing experience , as I was introduced to a whole new language and culture that I was never aware of before, and strongly believe everyone should try learning Auslan.
So much fun, you learn so much in such a short period of time, so interactive, amazing teacher
The Auslan classes were incredibly beneficial to refresh my basic understanding of Auslan. The instructor was welcoming, inclusive, and patient with everyone, and the classes are interactive. Highly recommend these classes for anyone wanting to begin their journey of understanding Auslan.
Where face to face classes are being offered, we are adhering to the Australian Government social distancing regulations so registrations will be limited.
Deaf Connect's COVID Safe plan requires that all students attending face to face classes to be double vaccinated. All students who attend face to face classes will be required to show proof that they are double vaccinated or have a medical exemption at their first class.
Please email [email protected] for more information.
What are the different levels of Community Auslan Classes and what will I learn?
We offer 2 types of classes; Face to Face and Online.
Introduction to Auslan 1 (ITA1):
Introduction to Auslan 1 is designed for people with no previous language skill or knowledge of Auslan. You will learn basic skills to communicate with Deaf people in Auslan on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language. The community courses are easy, fun, informal and relaxed and are delivered both face to face and online.
You will learn:
• Greeting others and introduce yourself
• Give and request personal details such as phone numbers and addresses
• Count in Auslan
• Fingerspell in Auslan
• Ask and answer simple questions (using “who”, “what”, “when”, “where”, etc.)
• Communicate practical vocabulary including colours, days of the week and family
• Express agreement and disagreement
• Use visual-gestural communication strategies
• Identify the Deaf Community
• Explain effective ways of communicating with Deaf people
*Introduction to Auslan 2 (ITA2)
Introduction to Auslan 2 is designed to build on the skills and knowledge learnt in the Introduction course.You will learn:
• Grammatical structure and the culture of the Deaf community
• Talk in more detail about holidays, the weather and the seasons
• Talk about everyday life including work and family
• Talk about hobbies, interests and other activities
• Use non-manual features to express yourself
• Use more advanced visual-gestural communication strategies
The online classes are online and are available Australia wide. All classes are set to Australian Eastern Standard Time during the daylight-saving period (Brisbane time).
Learn more here: https://deafconnect.org.au/tracks/online-beginner-courses
Who will be teaching my class?
All our face to face and online Community Auslan classes are taught by a Deaf tutor.
What is the cost of the courses?
ITA1 / ITA2 - $230 inc. GST and $195 for Concession
How long will the course go for?
ITA1 / ITA2 – 8-week course (each weekly lesson is 2hrs long)
Can I use my NDIS funding to pay for the Community Auslan class?
Yes, absolutely you can. If you wish to use your NDIS funding, please email our Auslan team on [email protected] to gain further information. You won’t be able to register and pay for the Community Auslan class via the website.
Are there any pre-requisites to consider before enrolling in Community Auslan classes?
The Introduction to Auslan 1 (ITA1) is designed for people with no previous language skill or knowledge of Auslan.
Introduction to Auslan 2 (ITA2) has a pre-requisite of completion of Introduction to Auslan 1 or prior Auslan experience.
Do you get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes, absolutely. To be eligible to receive a participation statement you are required to attend 6 out of the 8 classes. Bearing in mind that our community classes are non-accredited.
Is there a minimum age to enrol in a Community Auslan class?
Yes, the minimum age to enrol in a Community Auslan class is sixteen years of age.
Communications relating to the Community Auslan classes?
When enrolling, please double check your email address is entered correctly. Email is the primary means by which we will contact you about your course. Please monitor your junk folder for emails from Deaf Connect and if you do not receive an email about your course by at least the day before the scheduled start date, please contact us.
What happens if my class is cancelled?
In the event where a face to face or online class needs to be cancelled the course can be extended by 1 week to make up for the missed class.
If you have enrolled in a face to face class, in extenuating circumstances, the class may be moved online (Zoom). This will only occur in the event where participants or staff may be at risk. For example: weather.
What do I bring to F2F classes?
For face to face classes, please bring your workbook (if you decided to print it), a notebook to take notes and a pen.
After course finished, do I still have access to Moodle for the content for refreshing and reference?
No, once you have completed the online course your access to Moodle will be removed.