BSL taster session
Time: 19:30 - 20:30
Location: Keeley Street
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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.
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?
- 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.
Emma has been teaching for more than 25 years. At City Lit she teaches Level 3 and Level 4 in BSL, and has previously taught BSL Level 1 and 2. She has also delivered National Curriculum BSL to Deaf children from nursery age to year 6 at Blanche Nevile School in North London. She is chair of the Association of British Sign Language Teachers and Assessors (ABSLTA). She established the ‘BSL News’ Facebook group, currently with nearly 5,000 followers! Emma has taught BSL, from Introduction to Level 4 at a range of settings and organisations, including: Chicken Shed Theatre, Blanche Nevile School and City Lit. In 2018, Emma was chosen by Signature as their ‘Excellent Teacher’ in their Annual Awards! She was also nominated as one of the top teachers working in Haringey Education Authority in 2016. Emma was the staff representative on the board of Governors at Blanche Nevile School. Emma has one Deaf and one hearing sister and has links to other Deaf organisations through her parent. Her mother, Winifred Tumim was chair of the board of trustees of RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss) and CACDP (previous name for Signature) during the 1980s and 1990s.
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.