Pre-level 3 in BSL
Time: 10:30 - 16:15
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: QB521
Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course is for you if you have passed your level 2 in BSL, but need more confidence in your BSL skills before moving on to the BSL certificate in Level 3 course. This course will enable you to improve your BSL productive and receptive skills in order to take part in conversations with other BSL users.
What will we cover?
During this course you will revise and reinforce your existing vocabulary of BSL signs, at the same time acquiring new vocabulary including some regional variations and grammatical principles.
You will learn to use and understand BSL at pre level 3 in relation to topics such as:
- everyday conversation and vocabulary
- fingerspelling practice
Illness and Health
- Social, recreation and leisure
- Home Life
- Shopping and Spending
- Food and Drink
- Work issues.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate BSL signing skills by:
- developing a range of vocabulary relevant to a variety of shapes
- demonstrating correct and clear hand shapes
- using appropriate facial expressions with signs
- using turn-taking and asking for clarification
- demonstrating different strategies of understanding, acknowledging, confirming and exchanging of information during a routine conversation with BSL users about everyday situations.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is pre-level 3. An interview to assess your signing will be required before enrolment.
You will need to have basic literacy skills as you will be asked to complete session/course evaluation forms and read handouts provided during the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching and learning activities will be done via:
• pair/group work
• classroom interaction
• demonstration through Powerpoint
• questions and answers
• explanations of the topics
• role play
• debate and other activities.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can apply for Level 3 Certificate in BSL. Your BSL skills will be assessed to confirm that you meet the entry requirements.
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.