2nd L (Yr 7 Entry) 7-8

 Role of language and culture - Elaboration 7

- recognising that people from different places and backgrounds may use different languages and have ways of living and communicating that differ from their own

- appreciating that culture and cultural difference means that people may value different things or live differently, noticing observable examples of such difference, such as ways of greeting (bowing versus shaking hands) or conveying information (through words versus signs)

- exploring how deaf people live in ways that may be different from how hearing people live and that they are primarily visual, for example by responding to stimulus questions such as How do deaf people ensure they can always see other people who are signing?

- recognising the importance of facial expression, eye gaze and non-manual features in conveying information in a visual-gestural language and culture

- exploring the nature of culture as an essential part of human life, understanding that it is shared, passed on between generations and is closely connected to language and identity

- understanding that culture is more than the visible aspects of people’s lives; that it also includes invisible elements such as beliefs and values, how people think about themselves and others, how they relate to their social and physical environments; and considering how this understanding applies to users of Auslan

- recognising that in each culture there are general rules for what to say and do, when, where and with whom, and that these rules differ from culture to culture, for example, the Deaf culture places greater importance on eye contact than cultures that communicate through spoken languages

- identifying the importance of signing space and proxemics in Auslan, particularly in relation to a person passing between two signers, or to the positioning of communication partners

- recognising that shared experiences shape cultural values in Auslan as in other cultures, for example the experience of deaf children being excluded from family and social discourse during dinner table conversations or social events gives rise to the value placed in the Deaf community on ensuring inclusivity and sharing information with each other

- recognising the importance of community and culture in relation to their own lives and communities and in relation to other language groups and their communities

- recognising the role of the Deaf community and its networks and significant places in maintaining, reflecting and strengthening Auslan and Deaf culture