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 a tracking document 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 assessment fees are included in the course fee. There are no set text books for this course but students may wish to subscribe to online or other resources. Your tutor can guide you and you are advised not to purchase anything until the course has started.
What can I do next?
Students who achieve the Signature Level 1 Award in BSL can progress to the Preparing for Level 2 course or, subject to tutor recommendation and the meeting of certain criteria, to the BSL Level 2.
What do I need to join the course
No previous experience is required. However, you will need to have the ability to move and manipulate your fingers and hands to make the appropriate handshapes, ask if you are unsure. You should also seek advice before enrolling if you have severe dyslexia or other learning difficulties.
You will need to show proof of a hearing impairment if you are applying for the hearing concession.
Anyone who wants to learn how to communicate with Deaf people or who simply has an interest in Sign Language. For those who are new to British Sign Language or who may have already attended a Sign Language Taster or a Basics course.
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.