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Students using sign language to communicate

Sign Language Level 2

Day of week:
St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone
Level 2
19:00 - 21:30
32 weeks

This 32-week intensive course in Canterbury is delivered in partnership with Hi Kent ( and leads to the Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language. Students MUST have already passed the Level 1 Award in BSL.

At the end of the course students should be able to:
• Communicate in BSL about day-to-day topics including greetings, shopping, describing home and work place, talking about the weather, transport and directions; ask and understand questions in order to sustain an everyday conversation.
• Carry out day to day activities; shopping for food etc, travelling and eating out.
• Describe people, animals and objects as well as places in greater detail using BSL order and a range of facial expressions and body language.
• Provide personal, social and work information. Compare and express preferences; state likes and dislikes.
• Communicate about home, school, college or work including directions, refreshments, using numbers in relation to time and calendar, using BSL order and a range of facial expressions and body language.

A further 60 hours of practice during the course, preferably with native BSL users, is also required. The tutor will be able to advise on how to achieve this.

The full qualification comprises three units, two of which will be videoed, assessed by the tutor and then sent to Signature for final marking. There will be assigned dates for the assessments during the course hours. These dates, which cannot be altered, will be advised by your tutor.

Please be aware that there will be price differences between Hi Kent fees and Kent Adult Education fees due to the different funding we can access to subsidise costs.

How will I be taught?

The emphasis is on signed communication and Sign Language is used most of the time. There will be an expectation to have voices off during the lesson. 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. Homework set will provide an opportunity for self study which is essential to pass the assessments and will include the use of online resources.

Students will be videoed for mock exam purposes and two of the three units are videoed to meet exam requirements.

Initial assessment will be carried out at the beginning of the course to assess individual skill level. Each student's starting point will be recorded on an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and targets will be set. This will be revisited from time to time during the course to monitor and record progress. Tutors will mark homework and give written or verbal feedback.

What do I need to bring with me?

A folder for your notes, notebook/paper and pen/pencil. The assessment 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 can progress to Level 3 with another provider. The tutor will advise.
We also have a comprehensive centre based and online Languages Programme with something new starting every few weeks.

What do I need to join the course

You will need to have completed the BSL Level 1 Award in British Sign Language or have BSL experience and skill to that level.

You need to ring Hi Kent Tel. 01622 691151and speak to Sophie Jackson who will give advice and take your enrolment. You cannot enrol direct with Kent Adult Education.

This course is for students who wish to acquire intermediate level skills to enhance communication with Deaf people, or those who are Deaf themselves and wish to gain a qualification in their native language. It is also suitable for those who have Deaf family, friends and colleagues and those who wish to progress from Level 1 to a more advanced level of study in BSL.

Getting to your course

Find us

St Faiths Adult Education Centre
St Faiths Street
ME14 1LH

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code MAI/122900/M/FF.