Learners will develop communication skills in BSL, enabling them to participate in longer and more varied conversations about real life, routine and daily experiences than at Level 1, with increased confidence and fluency.
BSL Improvers Plus Module 1: 22 hours (11 weeks)
BSL Improvers Plus Module 2: 22 hours (11 weeks)
BSL Improvers Plus Module 3: 22 hours (11 weeks)
For learners who:
It is essential 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.
You will be supported to understand and use varied BSL in a range of familiar everyday routine, work and social situations:
Examples of extension topics are set, according to the needs of the language and the learners.
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.
This course has no formal qualification.
A certificate of achievement may be requested on completion of the course.
Next level: BSL Lower Intermediate 1* (Modules 1, 2 & 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. 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 practice daily.
You will need to bring a pen, paper, ring-binder (for hand-outs) and a USB memory stick to record clips 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, Deaf clubs and Deaf Magazines
Books: Thompson, Alan, (2003) Easy Way Guide to Signing, Jak Limited Smith Cath, (2003) Let’s Sign Pocket, Dictionary
Communication Link, A Dictionary of Signs, Beverley School for Deaf Children
The Deaf Cultural Centre, (BID), 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
Suggested Deaf Magazines
British Deaf News – British Deaf Association,
One in 7 – Action on Hearing Loss,
Deaf History Society – Deaf History Journal,
NDCS Website – National Deaf Children’s Society