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Auslan

North Metropolitan TAFE offers practical courses in Auslan (Australian Sign Language), which will enable you to communicate fluently, accurately, and effectively with people who are deaf or hard of hearing within the fields of education, welfare and community services. 

We are the only college in Western Australia that offers all levels of Auslan qualifications, covering not only the language, but also the history and culture of the Australian Deaf community.
 

National ID State ID Title Qualification level Study mode Campus
PSP20218 BDQ7 Auslan Certificate II On campus
Midland
Perth (Northbridge)
TAFEADM, TAFE04, A000000, English, Languages and Foundation Studies, A000001, Auslan, sign language, signing, 1632, 22075VIC, deaf, deaf culture, deaf community, disability, ability, communication, finger, PSP20218, BDQ7

Are you ready to learn a second language with a difference?

When you complete the Certificate II in Auslan you'll have the basics of a new language, increasing your value as an employee or, with further training, looking at a career as an interpreter.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to communicate socially and in the workplace with simple Australian Sign Language (Auslan), and gain an understanding of deaf communities and culture.

Gain these skills
  • Apply basic principles of learning Auslan as a second language  
  • Identify significant features of Deaf community and culture 
  • Outline the development of social and educational conditions for deaf communities 
  • Use simple Auslan for a variety of purposes such as employment, learning, social and personal
Is this course right for me? 
  • Language-learning aptitude 
  • High level of memory retention and concentration
  • Flexibility, adaptability, understanding and acceptance
  • Accuracy and objectivity
  • Able to liaise with people from a range of backgrounds
  • Broad general knowledge, including current affairs 
PSP30218 BDQ8 Auslan Certificate III On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
TAFE04, A000000, English, Languages and Foundation Studies, A000001, Auslan, 1633, 22077VIC, signing, deaf, disability, deaf community, deaf language, communication, ability, PSP30218, BDQ8

Build on your Auslan skills

This course builds on the Certificate II in Auslan and will provide you with the skills to sign in everyday social and personal contexts.

You will also gain an understanding of deaf community principles and practices, preparing you for a possible career working with Auslan signers/users.

Gain these skills
  • Analyse the structure of signs
  • Understanding of issues in Australian Deaf history
  • Use Auslan for a variety of purposes including employment, personal and learning
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Language-learning aptitude
  • High level of memory retention and concentration
  • Flexibility, adaptability, understanding and acceptance
  • Accuracy and objectivity
  • Able to liaise with people from a range of backgrounds
  • Broad general knowledge, including current affairs
PSP40818 BDR0 Auslan Certificate IV On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
TAFE04, A000000, English, Languages and Foundation Studies, A000001, Auslan, 1634, 22078VIC, signing, deaf, sign language, interpreter,

Expand your knowledge of Auslan

This Certificate IV provides an in-depth knowledge of deaf protocol and will develop your ability to adjust signing styles to suit a specified audience, including the skills needed to use Auslan in a range of unpredictable, more challenging tasks such as specialised workplace exchanges in personal, learning, social and community contexts.

You will also gain a thorough knowledge of deaf culture and customs and have the opportunity to gain employment in a role requiring Auslan qualifications.

Gain these skills
  • Learn deaf protocol
  • Adjust signing styles to suit a specified audience
  • Use complex Auslan
  • Accordion content
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Language-learning aptitude
  • High level of memory retention, concentration, accuracy and objectivity
  • Flexibility, adaptability, understanding and acceptance
  • Able to liaise with people from a range of backgrounds
  • Good organisational and time management skills

 

PSP51018 BDQ9 Auslan Diploma On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
TAFE04, A000000, English, Languages and Foundation Studies, A000001, Auslan, signing, sign language, deaf, community, interpreter, 1635, 22081VIC

Build on your Auslan skills to open up employment opportunities

This diploma will provide you with the skills to use Auslan in a range of specialised, complex and technical workplace exchanges across personal, learning, employment, social and community contexts. You will be able to gain employment in a role requiring knowledge of Auslan and use your skills in a wide range of contexts.

This diploma builds on the Certificate IV and provides a greater opportunity for employment in a role requiring Auslan comprehension.

Gain these skills
  • Auslan for employment, learning, personal and social and community purposes
  • Learn to analyse the semantics and sociolinguistics of Auslan
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Language-learning aptitude
  • High level of memory retention, concentration, accuracy and objectivity
  • Flexibility, adaptability, understanding and acceptance
  • Able to liaise with people from a range of backgrounds
  • Broad general knowledge, including current affairs
SC-PLS-V1363 Auslan Beginners Stage 1 Short course On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
Auslan, deaf, sign language, hands, signing, Australian Sign Language

Gain an insight into Auslan

This Beginners Auslan (Australian Sign Language) course will offer you an introduction to the language used in the Deaf community, as well as an insight into Deaf Culture.

You'll cover the alphabet, finger spelling, greetings, colours, transport, food and numbers.
Classes are practical and are taught by a native Auslan speaker.

This taster course may inspire you to apply for the accredited Auslan courses offered by North Metropolitan TAFE - from the Certificate II right up to a Diploma in Auslan.

SC-PLS-V0230 Auslan Beginners Stage 2 Short course On campus
Perth (Northbridge)

Continue on your Auslan journey

This course will build on the skills learnt in Auslan Beginners Stage 1. With practical classes taught by a native Auslan speaker this continuation short course may inspire you to apply for an accredited Auslan course.

North Metropolitan TAFE offers qualifications from the Certificate II right up to a Diploma in Auslan.

SC-PLS-V1395 Auslan for Children Short course On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
Auslan, deaf, sign language, hands, signing, kids, community, Australian Sign Language

An insight into Auslan for children

This Auslan (Australian Sign Language) for Children course is recommended for children aged between 7 and 14. It will give them an introduction to the language used in the Deaf community, as well as an insight into Deaf Culture.

Classes are practical, taught by a native Auslan speaker and cover the alphabet, finger spelling, greetings, colours, transport, food and numbers.

PSP50916 AB68 Interpreting (Auslan - English) Diploma On campus
Perth (Northbridge)
A000000, A000005, A000004, interpreting, translating, interpreter, foreign language, auslan, sign language, signing, deaf, hands,

Do you want to put your Auslan skills to good use?

This course has a focus on ethics of interpreting and concepts to assist in interpreting preparation. It is best suited to people who have some experience in interpreting and have completed a Diploma of Auslan. With this qualification and some experience behind you, you could find yourself working in community organisations and/or the private sector.

The need for Auslan interpreters exists across every sector including:

  • Health environments - assisting people with hospital appointments, clinics, specialist appointments, hospice care
  • Social welfare -  helping people access services at organisations relating to the Department of Human Services (eg Centrelink, Medicare, Immigration etc)
  • Legal - providing help with court appearances and documents, police interviews and prisons
  • Educational - at all levels of education, formal and informal.

This Diploma will specialise in Auslan - English interpreting.

Auslan skills are not taught in the Diploma of Interpreting (Auslan - English) qualification, so you will need to demonstrate:

  • An interview, prior to enrolment to assess your Auslan proficiency and
  • BKSB testing in Literacy and  Numeracy - you will need to achieve a level 3

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Page last updated June 11, 2019