ARC success for Language and Society Centre

A/Prof Adam Schembri from La Trobe and Dr Louisa Willoughby from Language and Society Centre, Monash University have been awarded an  ARC Linkage grant with Melbourne Polytechnic and the Victorian Deaf Society to investigate sign language teaching and learning. 

The project is entitled Bridging the theory-practice gap in the teaching of sign languages. Its aim is to improve our understanding of how to teach sign languages to adults as second/additional languages. Internationally, there is significant demand for sign language classes, but relatively little is known about the processes involved when hearing adults learn a sign language, or similarities and differences to second language learning of spoken languages. This project will develop and test the efficacy of a range of innovative teaching materials and approaches, as well as create the first standardised Australian Sign Language (Auslan) test for adults. It aims to significantly improve the quality of Auslan teaching at our partner institution and provide a model of best practice internationally.
Warm congratulations to our colleague Dr Louisa Willoughby for this significant success!