Types of Classes

All of our introductory Sign Language classes are perfect if you want to learn some basic Auslan for small one on one conversation. Our community classes are also useful as a tool to test your interest in learning Auslan to develop a career or become a professional interpreter.

Our classes are perfect for anyone wishing to communicate with Deaf people and other sign language users socially. We also welcome service professionals such as medical staff, police, emergency and welfare workers who wish to add to their bank of skills.

Sign Language One Outline:
Week 1: The alphabets, finger spelling, numbers, introduction and greetings
Week 2: Revisit signs from week 1, age, time and months, frequently used signs
Week 3: Revisit signs from week 2, family, people and relationships, emotions
Week 4: Revisit signs from week 3, colours, foods and drinks, house
Week 5: Revisit signs from week 4, money, action/verbs, conversational
Week 6: Revisit signs from week 5, places, sport, recreation and hobby signs

Sign Language Two Outline:
Week 1: Revision of key signs from Sign Language One, animal signs
Week 2: Revisit signs from week 1, education and work, roles at work
Week 3: Revisit signs from week 2, nature and environment, weather signs
Week 4: Revisit signs from week 3, advanced places, advances house signs
Week 5: Revisit signs from week 4, transport, direction and location, describing signs
Week 6: Revisit signs from week 5, technology, cities and country signs

We provide a variety of Sign Language classes including: 

Community Classes  
  Short Courses  
  One on One Tutoring  
  LOTE Program for Schools  
  Business & Workplace Courses  
  Auslan for Sports Clubs
  Timetable  
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  Terms and Conditions  

 

Community Classes

You will learn hundreds of signs, popular expressions, numbers and the alphabet. Get introduced to the essentials of Auslan, including facial expression, body language and gesture.

Our classes are held at community centres around Melbourne and two locations in Tasmania. See the list below for classes that are currently open for enrolment in:

  • East Melbourne
  • Preston
  • Brunswick
  • Ringwood
  • St Kilda / Elwood
  • Footscray
  • Frankston
  • Geelong
  • Bendigo
  • Moama/Echuca
  • Shepparton
  • Mildura
  • Albury/Wodonga
  • Hobart (TAS)
  • Launceston (TAS)

You can attend and learn locally with others in the class and a Deaf teacher. Classes are held at community centres across Melbourne and are usually held in the evening, but some classes are held during the day. These classes follow the general school term. 

Course Name What will I learn? Perfect For

Sign Language One (Beginners)


 You will learn expressive and receptive signing skills and  practice everyday signs for use in basic conversations with  Deaf people.

 You will also learn about Deaf culture.


 People who have never learnt any sign language before.

Sign Language Two (Intermediate)


 You will build on your learning from Sign Language One  and learn more about the grammatical structure of the  language.

 Sign Language One or an equivalent study must be  completed before enrolling in Sign Language Two.


 People who have learnt some sign language and wish to continue  learning more.

 Want to join these classes? Click here to enrol! 


Short Courses

Weekend classes are held at East Melbourne and provide a good alternative for people who are unable to learn Auslan during the week. These classes are held over two days.
 If you live in a rural area where we don’t offer classes, weekend classes might be the perfect way to learn Auslan. Get a group together and we will bring a teacher to you!

To check out when and where these courses are running click here.


 One on One Tutoring

As with any language, Auslan requires a lot of time and practice to grasp. Tutoring may be the answer. Vicdeaf now offers one on one Auslan classes at a location that suits you. This service is also ideal for people living in rural areas as classes can be run over the internet using a webcam.

Sessions cost from $75 per hour and are tailored to your individual needs.

For more information please contact the Auslan Coordinator.


LOTE Program for Schools

Vicdeaf now offers an Auslan LOTE program for schools from Prep to Year 12. This program is consistent with VELS Standards and Progression Points.

The program aims to provide school children with an opportunity to learn a language that is used in their own community. Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Australian Deaf community. Students will also learn about the culture of the Deaf community. Auslan provides students with excellent visual communication skills. Teachers are encouraged to get involved with the classes so that they are able to assist the students in retaining the language through the rest of the school week.

All teachers are proficient in Auslan and fully qualified. We can create a customized curriculum to meet the needs of your students. Please contact the office to discuss implementing Auslan as a LOTE at your school.

For more information please contact the Auslan Coordinator via our online enquiry form.


 

Workplace Courses

Auslan classes in the Workplace are popular with those who work with Deaf colleagues or have Deaf clients.

These course is designed specifically to fit to your business communication requirements and we tailor a curriculum to suit your business needs using common vernacular and vocabulary.

This course can be taught at your workplace, or at a designated venue of your choice.

Cost

  • $2,400 plus GST, no travel charge for Melbourne metropolitan area.
  • For classes outside metropolitan Melbourne, travel and accommodation expenses may be charged.

Where

  • Anywhere in Victoria

When

  • Any day or time to suit your need

Number of participants

  • Maximum of 15, however depending on the class room this is negotiable.

How long

  • 6 weeks per course, 2 hours per week, or it can be tailored to suit your needs. Total of 12 hours to complete the course.

If you would like to enquire about the cost of a session specific to your workplace, please fill out the form below: 


Auslan for Sports Clubs

Sports organisations and clubs will be involved in a workshop provided by Deaf Sports Australia where they will learn the following:

  • Deaf culture and community
  • Deaf Sports History
  • Deaf Sports Pathways
  • Communication Tips
    - How to work with deaf and hard of hearing participants
    - Issues/barriers that deaf and hard of hearing participants face
  • Upcoming Deaf Sports events

The workshop runs for 2 hours and can be hosted at your clubrooms or office.

At the conclusion of the workshop, with the support of Vicdeaf, sports organisations will have the opportunity to put their skills to practise such as learning sports specific sign language which is customised to the needs of the sports organisation and their deaf and hard of hearing participants.

Vicdeaf will provide sports specific Auslan Classes that is run for 6 weeks. The classes will include:

  • 6 sessions – 12 hours in total
  • Auslan Alphabet & basic communication signs
  • Sports specific signs
  • Resources

Timetable

Ready to join and learn sign language?

 Click here to pick which class you can join!


 

Terms and Conditions


Program Enrolments, Withdrawals and Refunds

Vicdeaf aims to provide all course participants with an excellent development experience. This is best achieved when courses have between 8 and 20 participants, as this allows participants to interact effectively with their peers and the course presenter.

Because we are trying to optimise the experience, and also run financially viable courses, it is important that late enrolments to, and withdrawals from courses are avoided if possible.


Payment

Payment of course fees must be made at least 10 working days prior to the commencement of the course. Payment can be made by credit card - either via phone or online, cheque (payable to Vicdeaf), cash – either via in person or Electronic Funds Transfer.

Late registrations (bookings received within 10 working days of the course commencement date) will only be accepted with payment (online credit card only).

An online registration and payment facility exists for payments via credit card only.


Withdrawals (more than 10 working days prior to course commencement)

When a written notification of withdrawal from a course is received 10 working days or more prior to the course date, a refund of the course fee, less a $50 (inclusive of GST) administration fee will be made to the registered participant/s. Alternatively, a participant may choose to transfer to another course (see Deferrals).


Deferrals

A participant may not defer out from a course within 10 working days prior to the course commencement date. If you wish to transfer your registration to another course more than 10 working days prior to the course commencement date, there is no charge provided the replacement course has the same fees as the original course. There is a limit of two (2) deferrals per participant per year for a single registration.


Late Withdrawals (within 10 working days prior to course commencement)

When a written notification of withdrawal from a course is received within 10 working days prior to the course date, no refund of the course fee will be made and the participant may not transfer to another course, with exception of a Medical Certificate in which a deferral may be made, or at Vicdeaf’s discretion.

As the participant has paid for a place in the course, a substitute participant may be nominated at no extra charge.


Course Cancellations

Vicdeaf reserves the right to cancel any course.
When a course has been cancelled by Vicdeaf, full refunds are offered to all registered participants.