Auslan Key Word Signing lessons & resources

Please keep up to date with our lessons as they are posted so you can learn how to Auslan Keyword sign for the resources.

Why use Auslan Key Word Signing? Who is it for?

Auslan Keyword Signing assists not only those with a hearing impairment, but also those who have a disability that affects their communication, and children with language delays.

Some key signs to practice

Here is a short informal video to highlight some of the keywords we are going through in our series.

Auslan Signs to try

As we continue to bring you parts of the signed story “Waiting for Daddy”, I thought I’d share some keywords in Auslan to practice with your self or students.

In the main video, we are using Key Word Signing, with the key signs in Auslan. Australian Auslan is the language of our Deaf Community that has its own unique linguistic structure.

What is the difference between Key Word Signing and Auslan?

Well in Key Word Signing, we are talking (because we are telling someone’s story) and signing the keywords. With Auslan, you are signing without speaking and the structure is direct.

For example:

In Key Word Signing we would sign and say “what is your name?”

In Auslan we would sign “Your name what?”.

About your teacher

Massiel Barros-Torning
I studied signed English and then moved onto Auslan in my 20s. Last year was inspired by the number of early childhood teachers attending a refresher course in our community for Auslan run by a local Deaf Teacher. I’m a teacher and facilitator involved in ICT Education, as well as areas involving music, language, Spanish, HSIE (society and culture). Some days I feel like the grown-up version of my inner child. Because I enjoy learning through play. And as a lifelong learner, I hope to play for a very long time.
Feel free to ask me any questions about the signing. Cheers, Massiel Signs to tryIMG_4155

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