BSL practice for Deaf people

Course Dates: 22/09/22 - 02/02/23
Time: 13:30 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
This course will help you to develop confidence, and is a chance to practise everyday BSL at beginner and intermediate level. You will build on and expand your skills ready for the next level of BSL. This is not a course with an exam but you will receive a certificate of attendance if you attend 80% of the course.
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Course Code: YB150

Thu, day, 22 Sep - 02 Feb '23

Duration: 16 sessions (over 20 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is for Deaf people and it will help you to develop confidence and practice everyday BSL at beginner and intermediate level. You will build on and expand your skills ready for the next level of BSL. This course is not assessed with an exam but you will receive feedback from your tutor and a City Lit certificate of attendance if you attend 80% of the course.

What will we cover?

You will learn BSL communication skills at beginner level relating to the following topic areas:
- Meeting people
- Using numbers
- Weather
- Transport
- Eating and Drinking
- Everyday life
- Interests and activities
- BSL grammatical structure and features.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand and use a range of words and sentences in BSL
- Take part in conversations in BSL
- Give and understand directions in BSL
- Give and understand descriptions in BSL.

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

You will need to be able to read basic words during the class. You will write down briefly what you have learned. Your tutor will help if this is difficult.

Before you can enrol on this course, you need to have an advisory interview.

Please email to arrange an interview time.

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

Pair/group work
Conduct a conversation
Questions and answers.

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

If you have completed this course, you can apply to join either YB108 Level 1 in BSL or YB206 Level 2 in BSL for Deaf people depending on your level.

Pat Parke

Pat has been teaching BSL Level 1 and 2 for the last 10 years starting in 1990 and it is her passion. She qualified on the Signing Teachers Training Course at City Lit in 1990 and continued to teach staff BSL Levels 1, 2 and 3 at a Deaf school, also taught at Adult Education Centres in Kent for the 10 years. Pat trained as an assessor for BSL Level 1 where she travelled around the country even to Jersey and Guernsey to assess students’ Level 1 signing skills. Pat studied Deaf Studies at the Open University where she studied BSL linguistics, culture, education and mental health. In 1996, Pat was BSL teacher at Oak Lodge School for the deaf where she developed a Deaf Studies curriculum and other subjects and taught for many years. Pat is Deaf and uses BSL as her preferred language and has a Deaf brother who is also a native BSL signer.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.