Monday, 19 December 2016

National Curriculum first for Auslan

A group of children watch on as Louise de Beuzeville teaches them sign language from the centre of the room
The first national curriculum for Auslan, the language of the deaf community in Australia, will soon be rolled out in schools across Australia, in a move being described as a "huge step for equality".

Since it was officially recognised as a language by the Federal Government in 1987, the use of Auslan for deaf children in Australian schools has been largely inconsistent, with teachers forced to rely on a general framework for languages such as Japanese and French.

For years parents have been lobbying for a formal curriculum to be implemented in schools and following ministerial endorsement, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) officially published the first curriculum in Auslan on Monday.

"That's a fantastic achievement for us, it's an opportunity for the signing community to have a curriculum in schools, an opportunity for young deaf students to learn about that," ACARA chief executive Rob Randall said.

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