At Newport Lakes Primary School all students from Foundation through to Year 6 are involved in an Auslan program that provides opportunities to practise and meaningfully use the language, whilst encouraging the understanding of deaf culture. The Auslan program teaches students how to communicate using sign language through the use of games, songs, digital technology and puppetry. Beginning in the junior years, the children learn basic signs such as numbers, colours, animals and fingerspelling letters.  In the middle and senior years, students learn and understand the importance of using expression and sign short text stories using visual gestures.  The program aims to work towards breaking down barriers and extending Auslan to the greater community, to provide a more accessible future for the Deaf Community.

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

Flora Lewis





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The incredible benefits of LOTE subjects.

Learning a second language is critical for young brains. Research has shown that learners develop a deeper understanding of their own language, which in turn improves performance in English literacy. Furthermore, studies in a second language foster interest and respect for other cultures, encourage critical thinking and open up future career prospects.