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Certificate IV in TAA Delivered to Group of Deaf Learners

24 Oct 2008

The Centre of Excellence for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been delivering a pilot program to a group of Deaf learners in 2008.

Deaf professionals, many of whom teach Auslan (Australian Sign Language), have undertaken the adapted version of the Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAA). The TAA units of competencies and benchmarks have been maintained, but the delivery which was in Auslan consisted of a wide range of training methodologies and tools that catered to the needs of deaf and hard of hearing learners. In addition, intensive tutorial support was provided to further enhance students' understanding, especially with the specific language and terminology of the training package. This is the first time in Australia that the entire Certificate IV in Training and Assessment has been delivered to a group of Deaf learners.

Specialist teachers from the Deaf Education Network in New South Wales - where the previous Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and some of the newer modules have been taught over a number of years - worked with the Centre's coordinator in a team teaching capacity to deliver the program. Additional support was provided by Donna White from Research and Development at NMIT and Vicdeaf, which provided the use of their training rooms in central Melbourne to enable students from all over greater Melbourne to participate and access this unique and innovative training program.

The learning group of 16 came together at the JML Lovett Training Room at Vicdeaf in East Melbourne over 10 full weekends to study the program. Evening tutorials were held in between the weekend blocks. This program was funded by Skills Victoria's Access and Equity branch with additional funds sourced from Vicdeaf's Community Grants Fund.

The students (seen below) will have one last session in November with a graduation to be held in 2009. The Centre hopes to offer the Cert IV to a second group in 2009 and use this delivery to consolidate the learning of this year's graduates by providing them with opportunities to become part of the teaching team for future programs.

 

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