LOTE - Auslan

Auslan at Wellard Primary School

Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Australian Deaf community.

At Wellard Primary School, our Year One to Year Six students currently participate in weekly Auslan sessions for 45 minutes. The Pre-primary students participate in fortnightly Auslan sessions of 25 minutes.

Auslan is taught to the diverse range of students we currently have at our school, including hearing students, many with other cultural backgrounds and several students with hearing loss. Teachers are also learning the basics of Auslan to support their classroom programs.

Students learn about Deaf Culture as well as the fundamentals of Sign Language. We have a range of resources to support the Auslan program.

Some topics we have cover include:

  • Greetings
  • Classroom Items
  • Family
  • Colours

Languages enables all students to communicate proficiently in a language other than English by providing students with essential communication skills in that language, an intercultural capability, and an understanding of the role of language and culture in human communication.

In 2018, it became compulsory for WA primary schools to teach a language to students from Year 3 on. Wellard Primary School has introduced Auslan, also known as sign language, to be its second language after consultation with the steering committee.