Sign languages are used by people with hearing impairments, their families and those who educate and work with them. There are individual sign languages in many countries around the world.
Auslan, [Australia Sign Language], is the official sign language used in Australia. It is similar to British and New Zealand Sign languages, but different from the English language in both structure and vocabulary forms. There is often variation in the language relating to both place and person [age and education]. Auslan also includes Fingerspelling.
Signed English was used for some time but is now considered undesirable. Sign Language has been used in Australia since at least the middle of the 19th century.
This page gives access to Auslan courses, dictionaries, grammar, vocabulary, tutorials, other resources and information. A second section of the page provides links to other sign languages from around the world. These are only provided for your information.
Hand sign for Auslan, courtesy of Auslan Signbank.
Dictionary, medical and health dictionary, grammar examples on video, videos of deaf people using
Auslan, links to classes, information on the deaf community in Australia.
Auslan - Australian Sign Language
Auslan - What is it ?
- All About …
Auslan history from SignPlanet.
Recognition, status, history, Auslan in relation to English, variation, standardisation, written and recorded Auslan, further reading, references, links. Wikipedia.
- History of Auslan
Auslan Signbank article.
Language - Auslan
Better Health Channel, Victoria. Introduction, evolution, different elements, structure, learning, where to get help, more.
- What is Auslan ? [AccessPLUS WA Deaf]
Scroll down the page to the How we Help section and select this box.
- Community Classes
Courses, locations, costs.
- Auslan Classes [DeafNT]
‘DeafNT is now pleased to be able to offer Auslan Classes in Darwin’.
- Auslan Classes in Australia
‘The following list only includes individuals and organisations who provide Advanced Auslancourses in Australian Sign Language’.
- Auslan Classes [AccessPLUS WA Deaf]
‘We provide community based Sign Language [Auslan] classes that offer you basic skills in communicating with Deaf people in the community. In our practical and fun classes you will learn how to fingerspell, develop a vocabulary of basic conversational signs, learn how to structure a sentence and more’.
- Auslan, Expression Australia [Victoria]
Guide to Services covering courses, costs, tutoring, how to get a Diploma of Auslan, more.
- Australian Sign Language
Where did sign languages come from ?, How do children lean sign languages ?, Sign language variation, Fingerspelling, Early exposure to sign language.
- Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association
“Becoming an Interpreter”. Select link from “Interpreting” in the main menu.
- Auslan To Go - Lite
Apple, Free. ‘An offline mobile dictionary based on the printed book The Auslan Dictionary for Teachers, Parents and Professionals : 2012 Edition. This Lite version includes 100 unique signs, each clearly illustrated in line art, and the full version includes over 2 000 signs’.
- Certificate II in Auslan [TAFE NSW]
‘An introductory course to the language of the Australian Deaf Community, provided by teachers who use this unique form of communication every day’. Similar institution in other states would have courses like this.
- Deaf CanDo
South Australia. You should especially check the Learn Auslan and CanDo4Kids pages.
- Deaf Children Australia
- Deaf Society NSW - Learn Auslan
Beginner and Accredited Courses. Information on becoming an interpreter.
- Learn Auslan Sign Language
Listing of courses and places where they are run. Done by states. Other information.
Auslan classes can be found here. Click on “Services”.
- What is Auslan – Sign Language
‘learn Auslan, What is Auslan, Auslan Course, Find an Auslan Tutor’, more.
- Auslan [The Australian
All components of the curriculum structure are included. Multiple options to target specific areas, levels. Additional section on how to ‘Understand how Auslan Works’.
- New !
‘The Auslan Corpus consists of the movies in the Auslan Archive together with linked linguistic annotation files’.
- Auslan Flashcards and Study Sets [Quizlet]
‘Browse 105 sets of Auslan flashcards’.
- Auslan Fonts
True Type fonts, activity sheets, cards, ideas. Auslan Resources.
- Auslan on TV [Deaf Australia]
‘Deaf Australia has been advocating for many years for Auslan on TV’. Multiple areas of information
- Auslan Play Book
‘The first board picture book for children with Auslan signs , written in English word order. This child’s board book has 20 colourful pages with Signs and their written descriptions of Marble the bear visiting and playing on the beach’. Prompt Education. Fee-based.
- Auslan Resources
Includes the Auslan Fonts link provided above, lesson plans and activities for Primary children, resources for VCE Auslan courses, links to other resources, Auslan information.
- Auslan Resources on Pinterest
50+ resources have been pinned.
- Auslan Services
‘A leading provider of Auslan interpreters’. Information on Auslan and Auslan training.
- Auslan Translation Videos : The United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Australian Government Department of Social Services. Different usage.
- Australian Baby Hands
‘Using AUSLAN based sign language your baby can tell you what they want when they want it’. Information for parents, products, classes, more.
- Aussie Deaf Kids
Covers a wider area than this, but some aspects, especially relating to schooling would be of value.
- Bilby Publishing
Annotated links to sign language materials, including New ! Auslan DVDs and New ! Auslan Dictionary, that are fee-based.
- Dictionary of Auslan
‘This edition includes full colour images and variation signs from across Australia. It contains notes regarding Auslan grammar and structure, such as Grammatical features, Conventions for numbers and counting, fingerspelling, and a History of Sign Language in Australia’.
- Updated ! Getting Started with Key Word Sign [Auslan Edition]
- Printable Worksheets - Auslan
‘Some of the worksheets displayed are Sign language 1, Farm animals, Auslan dictionary topic colours, Contents, ... Once you find your worksheet, click on the pop-out icon or the print icon to print or download’.
- RIDBC Auslan Tutor
‘Portable video-based Australian Sign Language [Auslan] teaching resource developed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch’. Only works with these. All details from the site. Free and Fee-based versions.
Kids & Carers, Teachers & Trainers, Baby Sign, Classes, about. A huge site. One sample is the Adults Desk where you can take a tour. Extensive material, resources and ideas.
- The Auslan Shop
DVDs to books, multimedia to novelty items, courses to games.
This is only a small selection of YouTube videos. Search for more or use links on the right of a number of these pages.
- Basic words - Auslan
‘Lean some basic words in Auslan with the Can:Do Classroom’.
- Fingerspelling A to Z Activities in Auslan
‘After watching Lisa’ s Fingerspelling A to Z video tutorial, have a go at doing these short activities’.
- Learn Auslan -
‘The signs in this video will help you learn to greet a deaf person using Auslan’.
- Learn Auslan with Vicdeaf
‘Learn Auslan Phrases’ for a whole range of situations.
- Tegan Teaches Auslan Basics
‘Introduction to Australian Sign Language - Alphabet and Numbers’.
- Tegan Teaches Auslan - Days, Dates & Times
‘Learn Australian Sign Language, Auslan - How to sign days of the week, months of the year, holidays and times’.
Other Sign Languages
- Baby Sign Language
‘Baby sign language is a great way to help you communicate with your pre-verbal baby. Baby sign language helps babies that are ready to communicate, but can’t talk bridge the gap to full speech’. Basics, dictionary, flash cards, blog, more.
- NFB Early Childhood Initiative Program
‘Featuring programs designed to provide children and their families support and guidance to master the skills needed to achieve independence for a lifetime’.
Use hand signs to talk to each other. More than 3 000 signs.
Other Sign Languages
American Sign Language
- American Sign Language
‘American Sign Language University is a resource site for ASL students and teachers. Here you will find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing’.
- ASL Fingerspelling
- Start American Sign Language
‘Start ASL provides free American Sign Language lessons, an ASL dictionary, Deaf History and Deaf Culture information’.
- New !
What are the
best free resources for learning American Sign Language ?
Quora. 15 people provide these often with numerous links from each. Many teach or use the language.
- British Sign Language
‘Within Britain the most common form of Sign Language is called British Sign Language [BSL]. BSL has it’ s own grammatical structure and syntax, as a language it is not dependant nor is it strongly related to spoken English’.
- Irish Sign Language
- New Zealand Sign Language Dictionary
Online. Select alphabetically.
- South African Sign Language
Status, linguistic features, history, external links. Wikipedia.