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.
- Australian Sign Language -
About.com. A general introduction with several embedded links to resources and organisations.
- History of Auslan
Auslan Signbank article.
- Sign Language -
Better Health Channel, Victoria. Introduction, evolution, different elements, structure, learning, where to get help, more. Try here for More Information.
- What is Auslan ?
Background information, some further links.
- Auslan, Deaf Services Queensland
Courses, locations, costs.
- Auslan Language Centre
- Auslan, VicDeaf
About Auslan, courses, costs, tutoring, more.
- Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association
“Becoming an Interpreter”. Select link from “Interpreting” in the main menu.
- Deaf CanDo
South Australia. Use the “Sign Language” link for details.
- Deaf Children Australia
- Deaf Society NSW
Course information. Signed introduction.
- Learn Auslan Sign Language
Listing of courses and places where they are run. Victoria only. Other information.
Auslan classes can be found here. Click on “Services”.
- Understanding Auslan
‘The following articles have been written by Dr Adam Schembri. Dr Schembri is one of Australia’s best known sign language linguists’.
- Auslan Basics
Links to multiple Auslan videos.
- Auslan Corpus
‘he Auslan Corpus consists of the movies in the Auslan Archive together with linked linguistic annotation files’.
- Auslan Fonts
True Type fonts, activity sheets, cards, ideas. Auslan Resources.
- Auslan Play Books
‘Twenty six “Colouring in Pages” including an Auslan Sign of the subject, its written description of how to do the sign and a black and white pictures that children can play with. The written text is in dot format and can be traced around to assist children in their writing’. Prompt Education. Fee-based. They also have other books being continually added to their stock.
- 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, include an Auslan Course at Home and an Auslan Dictionary, that is fee-based.
- Facebook Entries
3 entries at time of inclusion.
You have to be able to log in to Facebook to access this site.
- Getting Started with Key
Word Sign [Auslan Edition]
All details provided. Also access Key Word Sign Footy Book [Australian Football] here.
- 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.
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.
US based links leading to information. Also check the Braille Literacy Resources page, with sections for adults, parents, teachers, plus more.
Use hand signs to talk to each other. More than 3 000 signs.
Other Sign Languages
American Sign Language
- A Basic Guide to ASL
‘This dictionary has both animated and text definitions. The text definitions also have letter or number sign images to aid in visualising the sign’.
- ASL Fingerspelling
- Learning American Sign Language
Find out what it is like. Annotated links to information. More importantly, access to lessons.
- Sign Language : Best Resources for Beginners
‘Everyone learning American Sign Language has to start with the fundamentals. We’ve gathered some useful and free study resources for learning ASL’.
- Start American Sign Language
‘Start ASL provides free American Sign Language lessons, an ASL dictionary, Deaf History and Deaf Culture information’.