Gembrook Primary School has introduced Auslan (Australian Sign Language) as its Language other than English (LOTE). Auslan is a visual language with its own grammatical structures, which are different from those found in English. These structures are based around handshape, orientation, location, movement and expression. Auslan assists all that use it, as a focussed and visually engaging form of communication. Although it was designed to assist the Deaf and hard of hearing community, it can really give clarity for those who find it challenging to focus or engage in a verbal conversation. Auslan is proving to be a very popular part of the school curriculum.
AUSLAN fact sheet: