Planning and Programming for Auslan Curriculum Implementation

This practical workshop will provide an opportunity to work with your colleagues to design and develop teaching and learning programmes to implement with your students


  • Thursday and Friday
    Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - Friday, 17 February, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE17ALNC

Course Information

This practical workshop will provide an opportunity to work with your colleagues to design and develop teaching and learning programmes to implement with your students. It will also provide you with an opportunity to share resources with each other.

The workshop will be delivered in Auslan.

The first workshop will focus on programs for F-2, and 7- 8 for both L1 and L2 students.

At the conclusion of the two day workshop we will be able to share a skeleton program for at least a semester for F-2 and 7-8 for both L1 and L2 students. Depending on how many resources or resource ideas people bring, you will also be able to take home actual resources to use in class.


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    Dr Breda Carty
    Before taking up this position in 2002, Breda was a Research Fellow at Griffith University for 12 years, and a teacher of the deaf in Victoria and the United States. She has had many years' experience developing Deaf Studies workshops for the Deaf community, and as a consultant with a variety of educational and community-based groups. She has co-authored a widely-used Deaf Studies Program for schools and a variety of other educational materials. Breda has had extensive involvement in Deaf community organizations, and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, and Editor of the Deaf History International newsletter. Her book Managing their own affairs: The Australian Deaf community in the 1920s and 1930s was published by Gallaudet University Press in 2018.
  • Dr Louise de Beuzeville
    Lou has worked as a linguist and a teacher for the deaf for over 20 years. Her research focussed on the acquisition of Auslan by young deaf children from deaf families, and the use of space in Auslan by deaf native-signing adults. After a decade in academia she remembered she loves being in a school setting and returned to the RIDBC Thomas Pattison School where she has loved teaching the youngest class, while also keeping her finger in many pies, such as being one of the curriculum writers for the ACARA Auslan national curriculum. In 2017-2018, Lou is in a mixed role as a Teacher of the Deaf and an Educational Researcher working on an online Auslan assessment tool. Lou is passionate about evidence-based best practice, disseminating research to classroom teachers and school settings. She is particularly interested in young children’s development of language and number concepts, and in effectively targeting, explicitly teaching and validly assessing goals.
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    Jane Hatch
    Jane Hatch is a CODA and a Teacher of the Deaf from Queensland. She is a Paraprofessional Auslan Interpreter and was a member of the curriculum writing team for The Australian Curriculum: Languages – Auslan. Jane has taught Deaf and hard of hearing (H0H) students at primary and secondary schools in both Queensland and London and in 2008 established Auslan as a language option for hearing and Deaf/HoH students at Kedron State High School, including the Certificate II in Auslan for Year 10 students. Jane currently divides her time between working as a Project Officer for the Queensland Department of Education and Training’s Auslan Project and raising twin boys with another boy due in June.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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