What is Auslan Signbank?
Auslan Signbank is an online language resource for Auslan – the language of the Australian Deaf community. Auslan Signbank was developed by Professor Trevor Johnston and consists of an online dictionary of Auslan as well as a growing range of other language resources. To go to Auslan Sigbank: www.auslan.org.au
Auslan Signbank already includes signs that are education related. To search for these signs, go to: http://www.auslan.org.au/dictionary/ and select the relevant letter of the alphabet and in the column on the left, selection the category ‘Education’ from the drop menu. This list is quite limited however and hence deafConnectEd approached Professor Johnston about expanding the resources available to students and interpreters working in educational settings.
What is Educational Sigbank?
Educational Signbank is a growing pool of language resources that relate to the educational sector. Educational Signbank provides students and Auslan interpreters with:
- a definition of educational terms in plain English and in Auslan
- a suggested way of expressing this concept in Auslan. Often this is not an Auslan sign but a depicting sign, which represents some feature of the concept. In some cases there may be a number of suggested depicting signs to choose from.
In partnership with the Victorian College for the Deaf, deafConnectEd started Educational Signbank with signs relating to the automotive industry. These can be found below.
How to use Educational Signbank
Simply click on the link below and this will open the relevant Signbank page. You can also type the keyword directly into Signbank. Remember that there may be two (or more) entries for each keyword – a definition and one or more suggested ways of expressing the keyword in Auslan.
Expanding Educational Signbank (2017)
In 2017, the Department of Education and Training provided deafConnectEd with a grant to expand content in Educational Signbank, focusing on VET-related subject areas.
The first area we looked at was Hospitality. We worked with Auslan users who have experience in professional kitchens, or who are involved in studying Commercial Cookery. Following a half-day workshop, we filmed around 150 videos for depicting signs and definitions for terms relating to cookery and professional kitchens. The clips were then reviewed and have now been published in Signbank.
There are a total of 59 terms represented for Hospitality. If you have an alternate sign for any of the terms, or would like to comment on this new content, please use the “Provide feedback” link beneath the video entry in Signbank.
Keep an eye out for terms relating to English language learning and Health and Safety in 2019.
|Depicting Signs with a definition in Auslan.|
|Cleaver||Mince, mincing||Shortcrust pastry|
|Crumb, coat||Mortar & pestle||Simmer|
|English terms with a definition in Auslan.|
|Batter||Kitchen pass||Stock, broth|
|Crème brulee||Mousse||Temperature danger zone|
|Food intolerance||Rest, resting|
For more hospitality related terms, have a look at the Trade Block Cafe app which is available in iTunes.
The list below includes some of the Auslan signs already in Signbank.
Automotive keyword definitions and depicting signs. These Signbank entries were created in partnership with with the Victorian College for the Deaf.
|Air filter - definition||Hand brake - definition|
|Air filter - depicting sign 1||Hand brake - depicting sign|
|Air filter - depicting sign 2||Hose - definition|
|Ball joint - definition||Hose - depicting sign|
|Ball joint - depicting sign||Number plate - definition|
|Brake hose - definition||Number plate - depicting sign|
|Brake hose - depicting sign||Oil filter - definition|
|Brake pedal - definition||Oil filter - depicting sign 1|
|Brake pedal - depicting sign||Oil filter - depicting sign 2|
|Car battery - definition||Oil leak - definition|
|Car battery - depicting sign||Oil leak - depicting sign|
|Dash lights - definition||Power steering hose - definition|
|Dash lights - depicting sign||Power steering hose - depicting sign|
|Demister - definition||Rear-view mirror - definition|
|Demister - depicting sign||Rear-view mirror - depicting sign|
|Differential - definition||Seat belt anchor - definition|
|Differential - depicting sign||Seat belt anchor - depicting sign|
|Door lock - definition||Shock absorber - definition|
|Door lock - depicting sign 1||Shock absorber - depicting sign|
|Door lock - depicting sign 2||Stabiliser bar - definition|
|Drive belt - definition||Stabiliser bar - depicting sign|
|Drive belt - depicting sign||Stop lights - definition|
|Electrical wire - definition||Stop lights - depicting sign|
|Electrical wire - depicting sign||Suspension - definition|
|Electrical wiring - definition||Suspension - depicting sign|
|Electrical wiring - depicting sign||Transmission fluid - definition|
|Engine mounting - definition||Transmission fluid - depicting sign|
|Engine mounting - depicting sign||Tread pattern - definition|
|Exhaust clearance - definition||Tread pattern - depicting sign|
|Exhaust clearance - depicting sign||Tyre placard - definition|
|Exhaust leakage - definition||Tyre placard - depicting sign|
|Exhaust leakage - depicting sign||Tyre profile - definition|
|Petrol filter - definition||Tyre profile - depicting sign|
|Petrol filter - depicting sign||Tyre - definition|
|Fuel line - definition||Tyre - depicting sign|
|Fuel line - depicting sign||Water pump - definition|
|Fuel pump - definition||Water pump - depicting sign|
|Fuel pump - depicting sign||Weather strip - definition|
|Fuel tank - definition||Weather strip - depicting sign|
|Fuel tank - depicting sign 1|
|Fuel tank - depicting sign 2|