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Before you lodge an enquiry or complaint, you may have a question that can be answered by our Frequently Asked Questions below. 

FAQs

What level of Auslan can I learn? Vicdeaf offers basic Auslan – Level 1 & 2. Our courses are for people with little or no signing experience. They enable a person to communicate with a deaf person at a basic level. If you are interested in full time study or becoming fluent in Auslan it is best to contact Melbourne Polytechnic.

What does the beginner's sign language course involve? 

Vicdeaf teaches basic everyday sign language to enable students to have simple conversations with Deaf people. All courses are taught by qualified teachers and no voices are used in class to create a better and fun learning environment. Click here to enrol today.

How long does it take learn basic Australian Sign Language (Auslan)?

Auslan takes the same amount of time to gain fluency, like any other languages such as Chinese, French, German, Spanish, etc. Melbourne Polytechnic offers Diploma of Auslan and it is a two year full time course (four years part time equivalent). 

 

What are the courses like at Vicdeaf? 

Vicdeaf courses are offered in two ways. They can run over a six week period, one class per week for two hours. Six week courses run once a term, however not during the school holidays.

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The same course is also offered in two full days. Two-day courses are run once per term, mostly for two consecutive days, or two Saturdays.Click here for current information about available classes and short couses.

Will this course enable me to begin communicating with other Auslan users?

Yes, though at a basic level. It’s best to do Level 1 & 2 continuously to gain a better understanding of the language.

If you want to become fluent in Auslan, then Vicdeaf highly recommends completing Auslan Certificate II to IV and Diploma at Melbourne Polytechnic. Click here to go to their website. 

What can Vicdeaf sign language courses offer that others don't?

Vicdeaf has been providing Auslan courses since 1982 and has a great qualified team of teachers.

Vicdeaf only utilises Deaf teachers as they have the best understanding of the language. Click here for current information about available classes and short couses.

Can we learn Auslan at our workplace?

Yes, we provide Auslan In The Workplace on-site, please click here for further information.

Current Auslan classes are too far for me to travel. Who do I contact? 

Do please contact us through the online query form below  so we know you want to join our Auslan classes! We will continue to grow our locations where there is demand. 

Will I receive a qualification or certificate upon completion? 

Vicdeaf only offers community classes and upon completion, students will receive a Statement of Attendance. If you want national recognition, Melbourne Polytechnic offers certified courses such as Diploma of Auslan.  

 

What's the pathway to become fluent in Auslan? 

We would highly recommend for students to follow this pathway. 

1. Vicdeaf community classes - Sign Language One and Sign Language Two*.

2. Complete a two year full time course, Diploma of Auslan, at Melbourne Polytechnic.  

3. To become an interpreter: complete RMIT Auslan Interpreting Course. 

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3. To become a Teacher of the Deaf: complete a teaching degree and special education degree.

*It is highly recommended to participate in Vicdeaf's Auslan community classes before deciding to progress further. Vicdeaf offers a 'taster' of what it is like to sign in a visual language and be part of the Deaf culture and community. 

 

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