New portable video based AUSLAN teaching resource

Asia-Pacific, ICT, November 2 2017

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has developed a portable video-based Australian Sign Language (Auslan) teaching resource, specifically for mobile devices. It can help anyone wanting to learn Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and communicate with someone who is deaf.

RIDBC app IconRIDBC Auslan Tutor is a multimedia tutorial which has been designed for use on mobile devices to help anyone wanting to learn Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and communicate with someone who is deaf. It is designed for families of young deaf children to assist them to learn Auslan and promote early communication between parent and child. The full version includes over 500 signs. These signs were carefully chosen as those most needed by families in their interactions with, and teaching of, their young deaf children.

Each sign has five corresponding entries which can be viewed on demand as often as necessary. The five entries are:

  • photo of the handshape used to form the sign
  • video clip demonstrating the single sign
  • video clip of the sign used in a phrase
  • video clip of the phrase used in a sentence
  • text note about Auslan grammar that is pertinent to the sign, phrase, or sentence. These notes have been included to help the user gain a basic understanding of the grammatical structure of Auslan.

It is available for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch on the App Store and Android devices on Google Play.

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