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Sign Language Level 1

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Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury
Level 1
19:00 - 21:00
33 weeks

This 33-week Sign Language course in Canterbury leads to the Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language.

At the end of the course students should be able to:
- greet Deaf people using British Sign Language (BSL) and communicate about familiar day-to-day topics including the weather, transport and directions (incorporating use of numbers).
- communicate with Deaf people using BSL about people, animals and objects in the home.
- communicate with Deaf people in BSL about interests and activities using numbers in relation to age, time, money and calendar.
- communicate with Deaf people in BSL about school, college or work including directions and refreshments and using numbers in relation to time and calendar.

There are three units and each unit is assessed by means of a short one-to-one conversation with the tutor which will be videoed and sent to Signature for final judgement. There will be assigned days for the three assessments during course hours. Dates, which cannot be altered, will be advised by the tutor.

You will need to practice your BSL regularly outside of the classroom - the tutor will give advice on opportunities to do this. PLEASE NOTE: Regular attendance, a high level of commitment and approximately 2 hours of home study is a requirement from you, enrolling on this course.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Keith French

Keith French qualified as a Social Worker/Care Manager with KCC Sensory Services in 2005 and completed his Post Qualifying (BSc Honours) in Social Work in 2013. He is now a Deaf Community Worker with KCC Sensory Services to improve accessibility, inclusivity and equality for Deaf BSL people in using public services that meets their cultural and communication needs.

He has contributed to a new Social Work with Adults book focusing on people with sensory disabilities and this is an area of expertise for Keith amongst many other contributions to support those with hearing and/or sight difficulties that impact day-to-day life.

Keith enjoys teaching within his role as a BSL Tutor and encouraging others to learn BSL to open up the world of inclusion for the Deaf Community.

View all courses taught by Keith French here

How will I be taught?

The emphasis is on signed communication and Sign Language is used most of the time. A variety of teaching strategies will be used, eg. demonstration and explanation by the tutor who signs, repeated by the students, small group work and pair work, whole class exercises, videos and games and handouts to take home.

Individual assessment is carried out at the beginning of the course to assess individual skill level. Each student's starting point is recorded on an Individual Learning Plan ( ILP) and targets are set to aid development of the skill. These are revisited from time to time during the course to monitor and record progress.

What do I need to bring with me?

A folder for your notes, notebook/paper and pen/pencil. The assessmen/exam fees are included in the course fee. There are no set text books for this course but students may wish to buy books and CD/DVDs for home study. The tutor will advise. We advise students not to buy anything until after the first session.

What can I do next?

Students who achieve the Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language can progress to the Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language. Your tutor will be able to advise you if you are ready for this progression or see

What do I need to join the course

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to communicate with Deaf people or who simply has an interest in Sign Language. It is suitable for those who are new to British Sign Language or who may have already attended a Sign Language Taster or a Basics course. However, you will need to have the ability to move and manipulate your fingers and hands to make the appropriate hand shapes, ask if you are unsure. You should also seek advice before enrolling if you have severe dyslexia or other learning difficulties.

There is a concession for students who have a hearing impairment or who have close relatives who have a hearing impairment. Ask upon enrolment for details. You will need to show proof of a hearing impairment if you are applying for the hearing concession.

Getting to your course

Find us

Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
Knight Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/123127/M/FF.