MORE than 150 primary school students throughout the North East will start learning Auslan, Australian Sign Language, this week.
Rural City of Wangaratta community grants program last year gave Milawa Primary School $5000 to develop a pilot Language Other Than English classes.
The pilot includes seven classes from Cathedral College Wangaratta, Glenrowan Primary, Milawa Primary, Myrrhee Primary and Wangaratta West Primary.
Each class - ranging from Prep to Grade 6 - will get 10 Auslan sessions before the end of the year.
The pilot will be delivered by William Taffe, a Wodonga Auslan teacher, tutor and mentor.
Expression Australia began recruiting Auslan teachers in regional Victoria two years ago.
The key objectives of the project were to raise awareness of the deaf community, build capacity in children to communicate and understand this community, and improve English literacy through learning this visual gestural language.
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