Auslan Interpreters for TAFE

An Auslan interpreter is signing from the stage at an event.

Currently, there is a shortage of Auslan interpreters for Deaf and hard of hearing students in TAFE. The pool of Auslan interpreters needs to increase to enable DHH students to achieve their study goals.

Expression Australia as part of a Department of Education and Training project, is running a series of seven Professional Development sessions focused on interpreting in TAFE settings, to build knowledge and confidence to work in this sector.

The seven Professional Development topics have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders such as DeafConnectED, Deaf Vic, VDEI, ASLIA, MPT, RMIT, current interpreters and students.

Professional Development Session Date Rationale
Professional Development Session
VET Structures
Date
Thursday November 25th, 2021 5:30 - 7:30
Rationale
Understanding TAFE course structures and supports to assist the ability to converse at TAFEs with teachers, build terminology and signs for new interns; build confidence to contribute to the educational sector.
Professional Development Session
Professional Standards for Interpreters
Date
Thursday December 16th, 2021 5:30 - 7:30pm
Rationale
Understand professional standards for interpreters and tailor professional development for continuous improvement.
Professional Development Session
Performance Coach
Date
Tuesday January 18th, 2022 5:30 - 7:30pm
Rationale
All interpreters need to perform, pass NAATI, manage nerves, focus in the moment etc.
Professional Development Session
Student's Perspective of TAFE
Date
Thursday February10th, 2022 5:30 - 7:30pm
Rationale
Understanding student experiences and learning styles enables interpreters to interpret, communicate more effectively, establish role with student etc.
Professional Development Session
TAFE Teachers, Building Rapport
Date
Wednesday March 17th, 2022 5:30 - 7:30
Rationale
Develop skills to work with TAFE teachers, contribute to educational setting.
Professional Development Session
Video Conferencing. Online interpreting
Date
Thursday May 12th, 2022 5:30 - 7:30pm
Rationale
Develop technical skills to enable more effective interpreting online. More job opportunities for interpreters and access for regional students.
Professional Development Session
OHS and Building a Sustainable Practice
Date
Thursday June 17th, 2022 5:30 - 7:30pm
Rationale
Build sustainable practice. Protect against burn out and physical health.
You can select multiple sessions