Auslan Videos for the Classroom

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Alison Smith

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More and more schools are teaching Auslan (Australian Sign Language) in their classrooms. And not just to students who are Deaf or hard of hearing but to all students. So we have created a unique series of Learn Auslan videos and they are FREE. Take a look…

 

Read on to find out how fun it is to teach and learn this phenomenal language with our FREE Learn Auslan Videos on YouTube!


The Benefits of Learning Auslan

So why should you teach Australian Sign Language? Well, one reason is that many deaf children today are educated in inclusive school settings. But also, learning Auslan creates opportunities to interact with the wider Deaf community. And most importantly, it’s fun!

A fingerspelling poster to use in the classroom.

Auslan is part of the Australian Curriculum and for good reason! The benefits of learning Auslan include:

  • promoting an inclusive classroom culture
  • increasing memory retention
  • improving motor skills
  • stimulating brain development
  • boosting enjoyment in communicating for both hearing and Deaf children.

Check out our Auslan teaching resource collection for useful teaching resources, posters, games and classroom displays.


How to Use Auslan Learning Experience Videos

Our FREE Auslan Video Collection includes a series of 5 easy to use instructional videos. Our FREE Learn Auslan Video series includes Learn Auslan:

  1. Introduction
  2. Fingerspelling the Alphabet
  3. Fingerspelling Names
  4. Greetings
  5. Meeting and Greeting Game

You can use the videos as a fun brain break or as part of a structured teaching and active learning programme. As you can see, the videos are interactive, kid-friendly and easy to follow. And the best news is that you can replay the videos as often as you and your students need.

 


Meet Tegan!

So who is the warm smiley face behind the video camera? Meet Tegan Blanch! Tegan was born profoundly deaf and is passionate about creating inclusive classrooms. In the video – Learning Auslan Introduction, Tegan introduces herself and invites students to join her in a fun learning experience.

 

Tegan is a fun-loving member of Deaf Services and works as an Auslan translator. As you can see, she has the gift of lighting up a room with her smile. Tegan is the perfect role model for kids! When she isn’t translating, she represents Australia in NRTA (National Rugby Touch Australia). She’s fun, inspiring and makes learning Auslan easy!

While the majority of the signs in these videos are used Australia wide, some signs may differ according to area or region. We encourage you to cross-reference using resources within your local community.


Fingerspelling the Alphabet

What is fingerspelling? Fingerspelling is a way of spelling words using hand movements. Usually, Auslan fingerspelling is used to spell out names of people and places for which there is not a sign. But it’s also used when the signer is unsure of how to sign a word or to clarify meaning.

In the video – Learn Auslan Fingerspelling the Alphabet your students learn how to make handshapes to fingerspell the 26 letters of the alphabet. There’s lots of repetition and time to practise. And the best news is that you can replay and revisit it as many times as you need to!

 

When you and your students feel confident to fingerspell the 26 letters of the alphabet, why not have an Auslan Fingerspellathon?

A fun Auslan activity to practice fingerspelling!


 Fingerspelling Names

Next, in the video – Learn Auslan Fingerspelling Names, you and your students will learn how to use knowledge of fingerspelling to sign your name. Before you know it you’ll see your students signing their names to each other on the playground!

 

Why not display our Auslan Fingerspelling Alphabet Bunting in the classroom as a visual reminder of how to fingerspell each letter of the alphabet.

 Create an Auslan fingerspelling classroom display!


Greetings

Next, your students will love to learn how to sign everyday greetings!

 

As we all know, the best way to learn any language is to use it daily. So, make sure that you get into the habit of signing greetings to your students as part of your daily teaching practice.

Please note that Tegan uses Northern dialect for ‘Good morning’ and ‘See you later‘.


Meeting and Greeting Game

Finally, the last video in the series, Meeting and Greeting Game helps you and your students to put it all together with a fun game!

 

Encourage your students to work with a partner to introduce each other and meet and greet!

For some more fun, why not have a game of Auslan Alphabet Bingo (With Letters).


And all there is left to say is… head to YouTube and check out these one of a kind videos! Share them far and wide and do your bit for inclusion in the classroom.

Deaf Services has been providing Australian Sign Language (Auslan) courses since 1985 and has a team of experienced teachers.

If you are interested in completing Auslan education, head to the Deaf Services website. Here you will find a range of Community Auslan classes aimed at introducing basic Auslan conversational skills. I have completed a two day Community Auslan Class and absolutely loved it!

Now, this bit is important… have fun!!!

And finally, a massive thank you goes out to Tegan Blanch for helping us bring Auslan fun to classrooms all over Australia.

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Gina Rossi

Hi! Great resources! I have just started a basic AUSLAN course. I am in South Australia. I have noticed some resources mention “Northern dialect” or “Southern dialect”. What should I be using if I am in South Australia? I am assuming Southern?? Thank you!

Gina Rossi · May 2nd, 2021

Holly (Teach Starter)

Hi Gina! Thanks for your message. That is fantastic that you have started some basic AUSLAN. Yes, I believe you would be doing the Southern dialect. Best wishes in your course.

Holly (Teach Starter) · May 4th, 2021

Lisa Cull

These resources are fantastic! Are you able to create any video clips in Victorian Auslan dialect?

Lisa Cull · Feb 14th, 2020

Alison Smith

Hi Lisa, thanks for your positive feedback!
Please feel free to make your request via the Request a Resource Widget https://www.teachstarter.com/request-a-resource/.
Have a great day!
Ali

Alison Smith · Feb 17th, 2020

Lucy

Woohoo! Thank you! I teach my kids Auslan and they love it.

Lucy · Feb 14th, 2020

Alison Smith

Hi Lucy, thanks for your positive feedback. I hope that you enjoy using these videos. Have a great day!
Ali

Alison Smith · Feb 17th, 2020

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