Deaf history

Find out about the history of Deaf people in Britain and the development of BSL in this fascinating course, which is taught in BSL. Hearing people with a minimum of level 2 BSL are welcome.

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Key course information

Dates
16/01/15 - 13/03/15

Day(s)
Fri

Duration
9 weeks

Time
13:30 - 16:30

Fees ?
Full fee: £199
Senior fee: £139
Concession: £121

Venue
KS - Keeley Street

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Course code
QH100*

Availability
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Interview required before you can enrol

Before you can enrol on this course, you need to have an advisory interview with the relevant department. Without this the enrolment team will be unable to process your enrolment. Please contact the department to arrange your interview, or to find out about drop-in sessions.

Call 020 7492 2725 or deafedu@citylit.ac.uk


Course outline

What is the course about?

You will find out about the history of Deaf people in Britain and how the evolution of British Sign language (BSL) and the manual alphabet have influenced the development of the Deaf Community.

What topics will we cover?

- the history of sign language and the manual alphabet in Britain
- BSL in the present day: research in BSL; campaign for the official recognition of BSL
- the development of Deaf organisations
- well-known Deaf people throughout history
- social and community life: the meaning of 'Deaf Community'; institutions and activities in the Deaf Community
- education: sign language in the education of Deaf children throughout the centuries; the role of BSL in education today.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

- describe the history of the Deaf Community in Britain
- describe the evolution of BSL
- describe the relationship between BSL and the development of the Deaf Community.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course content is at level 1. The course is taught in BSL and so you will need at least level 2 skills in order to follow the teaching.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- demonstration
- discussion
- pair / group work
- question and answer.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You are advised to bring a folder, paper and pens for taking notes.

Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?

Yes. Before you can enrol on this course, you need to have an advisory interview with the relevant department. Without this the enrolment team will be unable to process your enrolment. Please contact the department to arrange your interview, or to find out about drop-in sessions.

What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 278 of the 13/14 course guide, or visit www.citylit.ac.uk/students

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We have a range of post-level 2 BSL courses, up to level 6.
We also have a programme of professional training courses for those wishing to work as language support professionals: BSL/ English interpreting and specialist notetaking.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open Monday to Friday 12:00 – 19:00 during term time, and Monday to Friday 12:00 – 17:00 out of term time. See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Who can I contact for further information?

Tel: 020 7492 2725

Fax: 020 7492 2745

deafedu@citylit.ac.uk

Advice times for BSL and Lipreading:  Wednesday 14:00 – 15:00 (term-time only) All other advice by appointment



English, maths and computing courses for Deaf people

Tel: 020 7492 2726 (voice)

Email: deafskills@citylit.ac.uk

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Deaf education

Tel: 020 7492 2725

Fax: 020 7492 2745

deafedu@citylit.ac.uk

Advice times for BSL and Lipreading:  Wednesday 14:00 – 15:00 (term-time only) All other advice by appointment



English, maths and computing courses for Deaf people

Tel: 020 7492 2726 (voice)

Email: deafskills@citylit.ac.uk

Contact us for advice times.

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