In this 1.5 hour workshop you’ll learn basic skills for communicating with deaf people in the community.
You will learn how to fingerspell, develop a vocabulary of basic conversational signs, learn how to structure a sentence and more. After completing the workshop, students have a basic understanding of communication strategies to use when interacting with deaf people. including basic Auslan (Australian Sign Language),gesture and mime.
ABOUT RAMAS RENTELIS FROM HANDS TO COMMUNICATE
My name is Ramas Rentelis and I am profoundly Deaf. I use a number of sign languages such as Auslan, BSL, Lithuanian, Russian, American and International sign languages. I have completed three university degrees: A Bachelor degree at Vilnius Pedagogical University, Primary in Education (Lithuania), a Postgraduate Diploma at Durham University, Interpreting in Deaf Community (UK) and a Master of Science at Bristol University, Deafhood (UK).
I currently work at DeafConnectED (Melbourne Polytechnic) as a Project Officer and teach Auslan at La Trobe University.
I am extremely passionate about sports… I am the assistant coach for the Deaf Australian Men’s Basketball team (the Goannas) and I am president of Deaf Basketball Victoria.
I am employed by Auslan Stage Left as a Deaf Consultant and have worked on a number of theatre productions including: Sound of Music (Regent Theatre) and Night at Bald Mountain (Malthouse Theatre). I was the Deaf interpreter in the recent Christmas pantomime The Listies Ruin Christmas (Malthouse Theatre).
The class was great. The teacher was clear and funny. I learnt a lot and would definitely come again..
The workshop was brilliant! It has inspired me to learn more Auslan. I would love more workshops
This class was brilliant. Very interactive and Ramas was a great presenter. I have already shared some of my new found wisdom of Auslan to my friends and colleagues. It was challenging and fun and certainly informative. Great job Ramas, thank you again.