To enable learners to understand and use simple phrases, and exchange information in familiar situations, using BSL.
Part 1: 10 hours (5 weeks)
Part 2: 10 hours (5 weeks)
Part 1: This course is for complete beginners (with no prior knowledge of the language)
Part 2: For learners who have completed Beginners Part 1 or for those who have studied BSL for up to 10 hours.
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 candidates 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.
Throughout your course, you will be required to complete your Individual Learning Plan (or Personal Action Plan) which includes your learning objectives, long and short term goals.
You will have opportunities to review your own progress and reflect on how you can further improve your language skills. You will set up your own personal targets (task, project, etc.) which will be reviewed with your tutor via tutorials on a one-to-one basis.
A certificate of achievement may be requested on completion of the course.
Please note that this is a non-accredited course. However, you will have the option to take the Signature Level 1 (unit 101) after completing Beginners Part 2. The examination will take place the week following the end of the course (week beginning 05 December 2018) at the place and time of your normal lesson.
The exam fees for Signature Level 1 (units 101, 102 and 103) are NOT included in our BSL courses as these exams are optional.
For further information about Signature Level 1 examination, click on the following link: https://www.signature.org.uk/british-sign-language
After completing BSL Beginners part 1 AND part 2, you will be able to join BSL Improvers module 1* (with the option of taking Signature Level 1 unit 102).
After completing BSL Improvers module 1, you will be able to join BSL Improvers module 2* (with the option of taking Signature Level 1 unit 103).
After completing BSL Improvers module 2, you will be able to join BSL Lower Intermediate 1* (non accredited).
*Please note that we cannot guarantee that this level will be offered as all courses are planned subject to sufficient demand.
There will be tutor input, group pair and individual work, and use of a range of audiovisual and IT resources. 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.
Some literacy, numeracy and IT skills can help you learn BSL. We can give you guidance and support to acquire these.
Our courses are funded by the government on that understanding.
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 all BAES adult education centres offer internet access.
Books: Thompson, Alan, (2003) Easy Way Guide to Signing, Smith Cath, (2003) Let’s Sign Pocket, Dictionary Communication Link, A Dictionary of Signs, Beverley School for Deaf Children
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