To enable learners to understand and use simple BSL phrases, and exchange information in familiar situations, using BSL.
Beginner Plus - Module 1: 22 hours (11 weeks)
Beginner Plus - Module 2: 22 hours (11 weeks)
The course is suitable for anyone who:
BSL competence standards include requirements for learners 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.
Beginner Plus - Module 1:
You will be able to:
Examples of topics which may be explored include: personal information, family, hobbies and interests, work and study, calendar information, holidays, transport, food and 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.
Beginner Plus - Module 2:
You will be able to:
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.
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 (tasks, presentation etc.,) which will be reviewed by your tutor.
Will I gain any qualifications?
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 Plus module 2*, you will be able to join BSL Improvers module 1*.
After completing BSL Improves module 1, you will be able to join BSL Improvers module 2*
After completing BSL Improvers module 2, you will be able to join BSL Improvers module 3*
*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.
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.
It is recommended that you watch BSL clips online, 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