Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 August 2015) . . Page.. 2548 ..
It took me two years of study before I had a conversational level of Auslan. I currently teach the short courses. We cover less than what they would cover in first term of a certificate course so that should be obvious considering we are talking about hundreds of hours versus 20-odd.
It is impossible to learn Auslan in 12 hours. You need to learn about Auslan grammar, deaf community and their culture, et cetera. If it were me I would ask these people to enrol in Auslan themselves.
If I understood correctly 2 hours per session, six sessions for courses 1 and 2, 24 hours, very disappointed. Auslan is a very visual language that requires a lot of understanding and experience to get the message across. It is not like driving car lessons to get P plates in a short time frame. It is the same for all other languages such as Chinese, French or Farsi. Please consider this very carefully.
I love the idea of taking in two people, preferably someone who has completed a solutions course and someone who has completed a Certificate I and II as well as level 2 interpreter. The person from CIT Solutions will have absolutely no idea what is involved in learning Auslan. How can 24 hours of teaching be anywhere near equal to the 200-plus hours that a student does in the first two years at CIT?
Your house needs rewiring. Would you accept someone who has had 12 hours of electrical training or would you prefer someone who is qualified? You discover a lump in your breast. Would you accept someone with 12 hours of medical training or would you prefer someone who is qualified? You are travelling overseas and find yourself under arrest. You do not speak the language and the local constabulary do not speak English. In this country there are no qualified interpreters because the highest level of language training in English is a 12-hour program. It is essentially a hobby course not leading to any kind of qualification. Remember, you are in trouble with the law. What are you going to do now?
It is not good to hear that CIT is unable to offer more than 12 hours.
I could go on. There is Karen, Chloe, Gary, Amanda, Claire, Matthew, Tony, Jody, Amanda, Jacob, Ida. It goes on and on and on but, as I said, these are not my words. These are the words of members of the deaf community and their family and interpreters who work in the field who are absolutely appalled at the thought that someone at CIT would think that a CIT Solutions course, a recreational course, could give you the same outcome as a vocational course.
Proposed expenditure agreed to.