To enable learners to understand and use simple BSL phrases, and exchange information in familiar situations, using BSL.
22 hours (11 weeks)
This course is for complete beginners (with no prior knowledge of the language)
Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills can help you learn BSL - we can give you advice &information about how you can improve these skills.
BSL competence standards include requirements for learners to have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL.
You will be able to:
Please note that the above topics and language functions may vary according to the needs of the learners. Examples of topics which may be explored include: personal information, family, hobbies and interests, work and study, holidays, calendar information, transport, food & drink, public services and the weather.
This course has no formal qualification; however, your work in class will be assessed by your tutor in order to enhance your learning. You will be expected to take these assessments.
Please note that this is a non-accredited course. A certificate of achievement may be requested on completion of the course.
After completing BSL Beginners, you will be able to join BSL Beginners Plus module 1*.
After completing BSL Beginners Plus module 1, you will be able to join BSL Beginners Plus module 2*
After completing BSL Plus module 2, you will be able to join BSL Improvers module 1*
*Please note that we cannot guarantee that this level will be offered as all courses are planned subject to sufficient demand.
Interactive hands-on approach, using a variety of teaching methods, watching tutor demonstrations, and participating in individual, pair and group work. A variety of IT resources include internet access and watching BSL clips. We aim to match the teaching to a wide range of individual learning styles and to make your learning enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. You will be given homework to complete after each session and you will need to devote some time to practise regularly.
Some literacy, numeracy and IT skills can help you learn BSL. We can give you guidance and support to acquire these.
Attend every session of your course. If you need to miss a class, please let your tutor know in advance; Learners should consider their personal commitments and circumstances that may prevent attendance before enrolling on a course as missed classes will affect their learning. Missed classes cannot be taken at another time;
Have sufficient time for self-study and completion of homework; In order to maximise your learning, we strongly recommend that you spend at least 15 minutes every day (2 hours per week) on self-study, homework, language practice, etc.
Complete the course.
Complete all the assessments.
You will need to bring a pen, paper, ring-binder and you may be required to purchase a course book. Access to the internet is advisable for receptive skills practice. Public Libraries and all BAES adult education centres offer internet access.
Useful websites :
A range of online information watching BSL clips, to help with receptive skills practice at home:-
The BAES online course directory: www.learnbaes.ac.uk
The Deaf Cultural Centre, Ladywood Road, Birmingham, B16 8SZ
Walsall Deaf People’s Centre, 59a Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS4 2BX
Henry Fry Centre, Hertford Place Coventry, CV1 3JZ
Rycote Centre, Parker Street, Derby, DE1 3HF
Thompson, Alan, (2003) Easy Way Guide to Signing, Jak Books Limited
Smith Cath, (2005) Let’s Sign Pocket Dictionary: BSL Concise Beginner’s Guide
Communication Link - A Dictionary of Signs - Beverley School for Deaf Children