To enable learners to understand and use simple phrases and exchange information in familiar situations in BSL.
Improvers - Module 1: 20 hours (10 weeks)
Improvers - Module 2: 20 hours (10 weeks)
The course is suitable for anyone who:
BSL competence standards include requirements for candidates to have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL
Some literacy, numeracy and IT skills can help you learn a language. We can give you guidance and support to acquire these.
Improvers - Module 1:
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 is not an exhaustive list. Other topics and language functions may be added or replaced according to the needs of the language and the learners.
Improvers - Module 2:
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 102) after completing Improvers - Module 1 and the Signature Level 1 (unit 103) after completing Improvers - Module 2.
The examinations will take place the week following the end of the course 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 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.
Interactive hands-on approach using a variety of teaching methods, watching tutor demonstrations and participating in individual, pair and group work. 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.
Your commitment as a learner
Our courses are funded by the government on that understanding.
You will need to bring a pen, paper, ring-binder for hand-outs). Access to the internet is advisable for receptive skills practice. All public libraries and BAES adult education centres offer this access.
A range of online information is available. It is recommended that you watch BSL video clips, to help with receptive skills practice at home:
Suggested books, websites and Deaf Clubs:
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
Deaf Clubs: 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