Teaching Resource

Auslan Family Role Flashcards - Southern Dialect

PDF | 5 pages|Grades: F - 6

A set of flashcards to use when learning how to sign family role names in Auslan.

Use this teaching resource in the classroom when learning how to sign family role names in Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

These flashcards include an image and description of how to sign:

  • family
  • mother
  • father
  • sister
  • brother
  • baby
  • grandmother
  • grandfather
  • uncle
  • aunt.

Please note: The images shown aim to give a broad understanding of the handshapes and movements required to sign these key signs. We encourage you to cross-reference using resources within your local community.

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Suzie Darby

Thank you for these great resources! I would be extremely grateful if you could also kindly make flashcards for mother and grandmother which includes the alternative southern sign for mother? (Namely tapping the side of the head with the palm of a flat hand 2 x- see Auslan signbank video # 2 for ‘mother’). This is the way that I have been taught mother, and the way I have been teaching my students. I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks 🙂

Suzie Darby · Feb 24th, 2021

Paul (Teach Starter)

Hi Suzie,

Thanks for your feedback! If there is a resource that you would like us to make, don’t forget that you can always make a request at our ‘Request a Resource’ page.


Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community and we create the top requests. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m more than happy to help.

Paul (Teach Starter) · Feb 25th, 2021

Suzie Darby

Thanks Paul. Sorry I’m new to Teach Starter and was unaware of the request-a-resource page. Thanks for letting me know 🙂

Suzie Darby · Feb 25th, 2021

Joyce Kuik

Also with the flash card for Talk, the comment says to;” tap the blade of the top hand onto the blade of bottom hand three times”, but on the accompanying picture it shows the number 2

Joyce Kuik · Jan 21st, 2021

Tom (Teach Starter)

Hi Joyce,

Thank you for finding this one too! We have updated it and it is ready for you to download at the following address.

Tom (Teach Starter) · Jan 21st, 2021

Joyce Kuik

Just letting you know that the top tip comment for Grandmother fits the Northern dialect Grand mother signage, but not the Southern Dialect signage. It is different and might confuse first time users.

Joyce Kuik · Jan 21st, 2021

Tom (Teach Starter)

Hi Joyce,

Thank you so much for letting us know! We have updated the ‘Top Tip’ for signing ‘Grandmother’ to reflect AUSLAN’s Southern Dialect.

Tom (Teach Starter) · Jan 21st, 2021

Trace Maisey

not all the signs are correct

Trace Maisey · Nov 27th, 2020

Paul (Teach Starter)

Hi Trace,

Thank you for your feedback. Could you please contact us at [email protected] and let us know what needs to be addressed? We made our resources with the help of Deaf Services and we wrote a blog about the process and how the resources can be used in the classroom. We welcome any suggestions that will help make our AUSLAN resources even better!

Paul (Teach Starter) · Nov 30th, 2020

Resource Updates

  • Updated the ‘Top Tip’ for signing ‘Grandmother’ to reflect AUSLAN’s Southern Dialect.

    Fix by Tom (Teach Starter) Jan 20th, 2021

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