News and Events • August 08, 2019

Auslan Road Trip

Can:Do Group Education Coordinator Kim Martin and Auslan Instructor Caroline Conlon teamed up recently to take a road trip. However, this wasn’t just some footloose and fancy-free caravanning holiday – they were headed for Port Pirie on an important and exciting mission!

Kim and Caroline visited Airdale School in the Spencer Gulf town, as it features Auslan as its second language. The school’s leadership team and teaching staff are keen to make a success of the implementation of this policy and
Deaf Can:Do has been supporting them
to make this goal a reality.

Airdale first committed to teaching Auslan as its second language in 2017 and Caroline has been instrumental in making it a reality. Throughout 2017 Caroline delivered a range of tailored, face-to-face instruction to school staff and it was then offered to students across the school as a specialist subject.

This year, with Auslan well established within the school’s core curriculum, principal Geoff Saunders reached out to Deaf Can:Do to help with the next phase. So Caroline and Kim hit the road north to see how they could help.

“I valued the opportunity to visit this amazing community that has chosen Auslan as their language to learn and to witness the joy and value it is bringing to the community,” said Kim.

The visit was a great success and Kim and Caroline are excited, both by how wholeheartedly Airdale has embraced the teaching of Auslan, and what the future holds for the school community.

Deaf Can:Do is going to continue to support Airdale on their Auslan journey. In Term 3 the teachers will undertake ‘Advanced Auslan’.

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