Auslan

At Newport Lakes Primary School, all students from Foundation through to Year Six engage in one hour of learning a language other than English each week. This year the school chose to implement Auslan as our LOTE subject. We are using a program from Auslan Education Services. This is a comprehensive program designed as a step towards bridging the communication gap between Hearing and Deaf Australians. The program is delivered in video form and signed by a variety of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. It is a wonderful opportunity for both students and teachers to learn alongside each other. 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

Goodnight   

 

Boy 

 

Who  who

 

Animal   

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.