What is the course about?
This course will:
- develop your productive and receptive fluency in British Sign Language (BSL) at level 6 in a variety of situations, domains and registers
- provide a level 6 standard of knowledge of the structure of BSL
- provide practical experience in a productive working environment
- develop your understanding of the level 6 certificate and introduce you to the concept of evidence collection
- further develop your appreciation of the Deaf community and its culture.
What will we cover?
- text analysis of BSL
- phonology and morphology of BSL
- social variation
- advanced BSL grammar
- history of BSL and fingerspelling
- idiomatic use of non-manual features to develop the meaning of BSL
- informal/formal setting
- presentation practice
- technical vocabulary; legal, medical and genetic
- advanced use of fingerspelling
- development of complex use of role shift.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- fully understand complex social interaction in BSL at near native fluency.
- fully understand signed communication in a wide range of complex work situations.
- fully understand a complex range of vocabulary and technical language at level 6.
- understand and use a full range of grammatical forms.
- maintain social and professional relationships using BSL at near native fluency.
- use full complex sign language at near native fluency to communicate fluently over extended periods on all topics within your field of work in a range of situations.
- use a complex range of vocabulary and technical language in BSL at near native fluency.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is designed for those who have achieved the Level 3 Certificate in BSL and have been recommended to progress to this level. The course leads directly to the Level 6 in BSL - part 2.
You will need to have basic literacy skills as you will be asked to write some self-evaluations. You will also need to read instructions for assignments and exercises.
You will need to come for an interview so that we can assess whether your BSL is at the appropriate level for the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- classroom discussion
- group work
- 1:1 discussions
- role play / simulation
- group feedback
A considerable amount of additional home study will be required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
bring your own camcorder (your mobile phone is not suitable).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
At the end of the course, your tutor will let you know if you are ready to apply for Level 6 part 2 in BSL.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details