Beginner Courses

SIGN LANGUAGE 1

Sign Language 1 offers students the unique and fun experience of learning how to communicate visually using Auslan (Australian sign language), the native language of the Australian Deaf community. Sign Language 1 is delivered via face-to-face study in a classroom environment. 

By the end of Sign Language 1, students will be able to:

  • Greet others and introduce yourself
  • Give and request personal details such as phone numbers and addresses
  • Count in Auslan
  • Fingerspell in Auslan
  • Ask and answer simple questions (using “who”, “what”, “when”, “where”, etc.)
  • Communicate practical vocabulary including colours, days of the week and family
  • Express agreement and disagreement
  • Use visual-gestural communication strategies
  • Identify the Deaf Community
  • Explain effective ways of communicating with deaf people

SIGN LANGUAGE 2

Sign Language 2 continues the unique and fun experience of learning how to communicate visually using Auslan (Australian sign language), the native language of the Australian Deaf Community. Sign Language 2 is delivered via face-to-face study in a classroom environment. 

By the end of Sign Language 2, students will be able to:

  • Talk in more detail about holidays, the weather and the seasons
  • Talk about everyday life including work and family
  • Talk about hobbies, interests and other activities
  • Use non-manual features to express yourself
  • Use more advanced visual-gestural communication strategies

SIGN ONLINE

Sign Online offers students the unique and fun experience of learning how to communicate visually using Auslan (Australian sign language), the native language of the Australian Deaf community. Sign Online is delivered online via videos and quizzes, and offers a Beginners’ Auslan learning option for students unable to attend face-to-face classes. 

By the end of Sign Online, students will be able to:

  • Greet others and introduce yourself
  • Give and request personal details such as phone numbers and addresses
  • Count in Auslan
  • Fingerspell in Auslan
  • Ask and answer simple questions (using “who”, “what”, “when”, “where”, etc.)
  • Communicate practical vocabulary including colours, days of the week and family
  • Express agreement and disagreement
  • Use visual-gestural communication strategies
  • Identify the Deaf Community
  • Explain effective ways of communicating with deaf people

Please enrol in Beginner Auslan courses online via the following link:
https://courses1.deafsocietynsw.org.au/beginner-courses/
Click on the relevant tabs (i.e. ‘Sign Language 1’, ‘Sign Language 2’ or ‘Sign Online’) to find out more and enrol in the appropriate course for you.

You will need to enter credit or debit card details to finalise an online enrolment.

To enrol using any other means of payment, please complete and return a manual enrolment
available via the following link:

https://courses1.deafsocietynsw.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Sign-Language-courses-enrolment-form-colour-2018-v8.pdf

If you have further questions about enrolling in Beginner Auslan course, please contact the Deaf Society via info@deafsociety.com or phone 02 8833 3600.

How you enrol in a Beginner Auslan course using NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) funding will depend on how that funding is managed and whether it is self-managed, NDIA-managed or plan-managed.

Paying for a Beginner Auslan course using self-managed NDIS funding:

  • Please enrol and pay for your preferred course online using your own money, same as a private student.
  • An invoice will be automatically emailed to you, which you can use to claim your money back from the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency).
  • If you do not receive your automated invoice, you can contact the Deaf Society to manually re-email a duplicate invoice.

Paying for a Beginner Auslan course using NDIS funding that is managed by the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency):

  • To enrol and pay for a Beginner Auslan course using NDIS funding that is managed by the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency), you will need to complete and return a manual enrolment form, including:
    i. NDIS number,
    Ii. NDIS participant name (especially if different to enrolment name), and
    ii. which Support Category we should use when processing payment for your Beginner Auslan course.

Please note:  Unless otherwise instructed, the Deaf Society will claim payment for your Beginner Auslan course using funding available under Core Consumables (03_089_0121_1_1 Auslan or signed English training).

Paying for a Beginner Auslan course using plan-managed NDIS funding:

  • If an organisation other than the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) looks after your NDIS funding for you, you will need to complete and return a manual enrolment form, including:
    i. NDIS participant number,
    ii. NDIS participant name (especially if different to enrolment name),
    iii. an email address where we should send your course invoice, and
    iv. a telephone number for someone we can talk to about payment of your course invoice.
  • The manual enrolment form for Beginner Auslan courses is available via this link: https://courses1.deafsocietynsw.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Sign-Language-courses-enrolment-form-colour-2018-v8.pdf
  • Once your course is confirmed, we will issue and email an invoice for your course as per the contact information you supplied.
  • Payment for your course must be received by the Deaf Society before we will issue a Statement of Attendance for your course.

Yes, there is a concession rate for Sign Language courses!! The concession rate is available to anyone with a current Centrelink concession card (e.g. Centrelink Health Care Card or Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card), if you provide proof of concession at the time of enrolment and pay for your enrolment yourself.

To enrol in a Sign Language course at the concession rate, please forward a photograph, photocopy or scan of your Centrelink concession card, together with a completed manual enrolment form, to the Deaf Society at info@deafsociety.com or PO Box 1300, Parramatta NSW 2124.

The manual enrolment form for Sign Language courses can be accessed via this link:

https://courses1.deafsocietynsw.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Sign-Language-courses-enrolment-form-colour-2018-v8.pdf

Please note: The concession rate will not apply if an organisation is paying for your enrolment (e.g. an employer, or the National Disability Insurance Agency).

There is no concession rate available for Sign Online enrolments.

If you enrol in a Sign Language course online, you should receive an automated email from the Deaf Society confirming your registration. This registration confirmation email is not the same as a course confirmation email and is not a guarantee that the course will go ahead.

Depending on your circumstances, you may need to book and organise childcare and other arrangements well before a Beginner Auslan course is scheduled to commence.

The Deaf Society strongly recommends that you do not pay for childcare or travel costs until after you have confirmed with the Deaf Society that a Beginner Auslan course will proceed as scheduled.

Sign Language 1 and 2 courses can be confirmed after minimum enrolment numbers have been achieved. The Deaf Society will email enrolled students to confirm or cancel a course by at least the day before the scheduled start date. Please monitor the Inbox and Junk Folder of the email address you supplied at the time of enrolment, or you can contact us to enquire about a specific course.

Please note: The Deaf Society is not liable for childcare or other expenses paid in relation to a Beginner Auslan course.

Yes!! If you are new to Auslan, you can start learning Auslan from anywhere around the world at a time and pace that suits you, by enrolling in Sign Online. Sign Online has the same course content as Sign Language 1 – the first of our Beginner Auslan courses – but is delivered online via videos, quizzes and an online discussion forum.

To enrol or find out more about Sign Online, please click on the following link:

https://courses1.deafsocietynsw.org.au/ax-course/course-detail/?cid=17533&ctype=p

Although Sign Language 2 and the Accredited Auslan courses include some online content and resources, these courses are primarily delivered via in-person instruction.

Auslan is a visual-gestural language and is best learnt face-to-face, through in-person interaction. As such, exclusively online study is not recommended.

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