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Deaf Awareness: A practical guide for deaf communication

Course length

1 session (2 hours)

Essential requirements

No previous experience of British Sign Language or knowledge is needed.

This course is for people

Who wish to acquire basic knowledge of how deafness and deafblindness affect communication; and for those who wish to acquire basic skills to facilitate basic communication with deaf people.

Course content

  • Know the language commonly used to describe deafness and deafblindness, and deaf and deafblind people
  • Know how deaf and deafblind people communicate and understand the factors that affect successful communication
  • Know how a deaf or deafblind person’s language and cultural background affects communication
  • Understand how the ‘hearing society’ sets up barriers to communication for deaf and deafblind people, and how these barriers can be overcome

Will I gain any qualifications?

This course has no formal qualification.

What could this course lead to?

  • British Sign Language course - Beginners – Part 1 (non accredited)
  • British Sign Language course - Beginners – Part 2 (option of taking Signature Level 1 unit 101)
  • 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).

How will I learn?

There will be tutor input, group pair and individual work, and use of a range of audiovisual and IT resources.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and paper.

Useful websites

The BAES online course directory: www.learnbaes.ac.uk

Brasshouse Languages website: www.brasshouse.ac.uk

Signature website: https://www.signature.org.uk/british-sign-language

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