City Lit BSL tutor Emma Iliffe wins 2023 Festival of Learning Tutor Award

Published: 5 July 2023
City Lit BSL tutor Emma Iliffe

Emma Iliffe, British Sign Language tutor at City Lit, has won the tutor award at the Festival of Learning Awards 2023 for her commitment to engaging BSL teaching and promoting Deaf culture.

City Lit BSL tutor Emma Iliffe

Emma Iliffe’s passion for Deaf culture and the Deaf community forms an integral part of her practice as a teacher of British Sign Language (BSL) at City Lit. Having been denied access to signed education as a child, she is now motivated by her desire to support hearing students in learning and developing their own language skills. 

As a tutor, Emma takes particularly care in providing the necessary resources and encouragement for learners to mix within the Deaf community. Last year, she took some of her learners to the BSL rally to experience first-hand the Deaf community coming together: she is passionate about breaking down barriers and strengthening bonds.   

Emma was awarded the Tutor Award, sponsored by the Education and Training Foundation, with judges commending Emma’s dedication to making a difference through her teaching practice.

Organised by Learning and Work Institute, Festival of Learning is an annual campaign which aims both to celebrate the power of learning to transform lives, and to encourage more adults to take part. 

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Emma is adored for her kind manner and tireless commitment. She is dedicated to promoting greater understanding of Deaf culture, inspiring students to not only further develop their own use of BSL but explore their personal identities and be confident in themselves

Learning and Work Institute has announced its Festival of Learning award winners for 2023. The ten winners and seven fiinalists, revealed at an awards ceremony in central London, include inspiring individual stories as well as outstandingtutors, employers, programmes and institutions.

Find out more about the Festival of Learning 2023 winners.

Dr Katerina Kolyva (CEO Education and Training Foundation) and Emma Iliffe
City Lit Centre for Deaf Education Team

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City Lit BSL tutor Emma Iliffe wins 2023 Festival of Learning Tutor Award