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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 August 2015) . . Page.. 2547 ..


In closing, even though I have made mention of this before, I join Mr Doszpot and offer recognition of Adrian Marron who led the CIT into the new environments that, through the changes to the CIT legislation, led to a new governance structure to provide an opportunity for the future development that I am greatly looking forward to.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (11.13): I want to quickly run through a few more comments that I received from members of the deaf community here in Canberra. I read out one from Jacob, from Nicole, from Megan. Marnie said:

Primary and secondary aged students take years to learn how to read, write and speak English. To expect some level of fluency and meaningful learning of Auslan from 12 hours is ridiculous and disrespectful to language learning.

Claire said:

For 12 hours study you probably only learn how to fingerspell the alphabet, say mother, father, brother, sister, learn to count, colours, animals and rooms around the house. That doesn’t warrant competency in anyone’s book.

Pam said:

I was at a meeting on Friday and we had two ladies there who were signing. I was amazed at the range of their signing. There is no way you could pick that up in 12 hours.

James said:

Not sure if this is helpful but bring along a student who completed the courses 1 and 2, the community courses. Also bring others who completed the Certificate II and III. Then have a deaf person signing for them and ask them what the deaf person said. That will show a big difference. Another idea is to show the Auslan curriculum at training.gov.au and it shows how many hours are required to do each certificate level. It is 450 hours for Certificate II alone.

Claire said:

12 hours study over six weeks is the equivalent of less than one week full time.

Mark said:

12 hours is not good enough for learning Auslan. I agree with Jacob about mastering the language.

Christine said:

I agree with the above comments. No way to learn Auslan in 12 hours or even 24 hours. No way.

Therese said:


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