Students in R-6 learn Auslan

In 2024 IHM will commence teaching Auslan as a face-to-face language. Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Deaf community of Australia. Auslan and other signed languages around the world are full-fledged languages that are visual-gestural in nature. They have a complete set of linguistic structures and are complex and highly nuanced.

For our IHM students, the benefits of learning sing language go beyond supporting communication with those who are hearing impaired or speak other languages: there are personal and developmental gains to be had, too.

Research has shown that Auslan develops students’ literacy capabilities, increases memory retention and improves gross motor skills as they are using their hands, which stimulates brain development and mental flexibility.