BSL taster session

Course Dates: 02/12/20
Time: 19:30 - 20:30
Location: Online

This is a one-off free session to give you a taste of what happens in a British Sign Language class. The class will be a fun and relaxed group where you will learn some basic signs in BSL. If you enjoy the class, you can discuss course options with the tutor at the end.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This is a one-off free taster session to give you an idea of what happens in a British Sign Language class. The class will be a fun and relaxed group where you will learn some basic signs in BSL. If you enjoy the class, you can discuss course options with the tutor at the end.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

You will cover a short introduction to British Sign Language at beginner level.

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

- understand and use a basic range of simple signs in BSL
- understand and use basic fingerspelling.

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

You will need to have basic literacy skills.

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

- demonstration
- pair/group work
- question and answers.

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

There are no extra costs.

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

After completing this course, you can enrol on a Level 1 in BSL course or an Introduction to BSL course.
The tutor can advise you at the end of your course.


Customer Reviews 7 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/12/2019)
Take it!!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/12/2019)
A relaxed and supportive learning experience - and great fun.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/09/2019)
Fun, friendly, do it.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/12/2018)
A great introduction, which was more taxing than I thought an hour could be! The tutor was good, very brisk, encouraging and patient.
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Review by Sampliner / (Posted on 08/12/2018)
Really enjoyable and relaxed. Only worked in BSL so you started thinking in BSL rather than thinking in English and working back. The tutor was very friendly and a good teacher.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/09/2018)
I took away so much more from the taster session than I thought I would. I can't imagine just how much I would learn from an actual course. Our tutor was absolutely delightful.
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Review by Chan / (Posted on 26/09/2018)
Tutor Biographies
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.

Book your place

Course Code: QB006

Wed, eve, 02 Dec - 02 Dec '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £0.00
Senior fee: £0.00
Concession: £0.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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