Centre for deaf education

Centre for Deaf Education Courses at City Lit

City Lit has provided support for deaf people at its heart right from our establishment, in 1919. Some of the first courses ever offered by City Lit were lipreading classes for deafened soldiers returning from World War I. Over the years, we have grown to become an internationally-renowned centre of a wide range of provision - it is the largest centre of its kind in Europe. Our staff is a mixed group of deaf and hearing professionals; all highly skilled in their own areas of specialist expertise. Learn British sign language with City Lit today.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

In order to join our deaf English, maths and computing courses, you need to have an interview and initial assessment first.

As well as courses, we also offer support and services for deaf people.

Watch Samba, a student in the Centre for Deaf Education, discuss his experiences of studying at City Lit.

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  1. English entry 3 for deaf people - part 1
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will help you get become confident in your everyday communication including reading and writing. We will focus on topics that interest you and use these to help you improve the key elements of reading and writing as well as communication skills to enable you to express your thoughts and feelings including in difficult situations. You will learn to how write whole sentences and paragraphs, use adjectives effectively, organise your writing, make notes and complete drafts, spell important common words, use punctuation correctly and develop reading and writing strategies most suited to you. And you will learn some digital skills including reading and finding information from websites. Your course tutor will discuss with you whether you are ready to take exams at the end of the course (it will depend on your mock exams results).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  2. English for deaf people: English for Business Communications C&G Level 1 (Entry 3 - Level 1) - part 1
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is suitable for you if work (or if you are looking for work) as office and administrative staff and wish to improve your skills to be able to communicate more effectively in written English.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  3. Lipreading taster session
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Nicola Hicks
    Come along to this free, fun taster session to experience what a lipreading class is like. Aimed at those who use spoken English as their main means of communication. Suitable for people who have little or no knowledge of lipreading.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
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  4. English for deaf people: Develop your basic communication skills (pre - entry) - part 1
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course is suitable if you have arrived in the UK from abroad and/or missed out on the education at school due to communication barriers. This course is to help you to develop your basic communication skills in various social settings such as starting, maintaining and ending the conversations, confirming your understanding of the conversation flow and/or ask for clarification if/when necessary, asking and answering questions on various social topics etc. You will also develop basic study skills to help you to complete simple tasks and do homework on your own. This course has no exam. To be able to participate in this course, you will need to have basic BSL skills.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  5. Basic DS skills for deaf people: getting started with online learning (pre-entry) - part 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This complete course for beginners will help to become a confident user of your computer from setting it up to understanding and using basic digital skills functions.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  6. BSL Taster Session
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
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    97% of 100
  7. BSL 1:1 coaching
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    These sessions can be taught at any level and are designed to help you improve your BSL. You can ask your teacher to give guidance on specific areas of BSL. This can also be used to ‘brush up’ and practise before assessments and exams. If you are on one of our BSL courses and wish to undertake further practice in your own time then this course is for you! Please contact the department for further details and to discuss your requirements. You will then be assigned one of our BSL teachers to work with you.



    Sessions can be face-to-face or via Zoom.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
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  8. English Entry 2 for deaf people - part 1
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will help you to get confident in reading, writing and communication. You will learn to read pieces of texts, write sentences, spell correctly and use punctuation. Your course tutor will discuss with you whether you are ready to take exams at the end of the course (it will depend on your mock exams results).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  9. English for deaf people: English tenses (entry 3 - Level 2)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    This course is suitable for you if wish to improve your knowledge of English tenses. You will learn the names of the different tenses, for what situations we use them and their structure form. You will be signposted to online sources of information and practical exercises which can be used to refine and revise your knowledge throughout the course and after the course has concluded. This course has no exams.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  10. English for deaf people: Reading for pleasure (entry 3 - Level 2)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you enjoy reading stories and wish to improve your communication and discussion skills? Then this is the course for you. Extend your reading skills by working out meaning, and learn how to express yourself and your opinions across a range of different types of stories.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  11. English for deaf people: Reading for pleasure (entry 1) - part 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The aim of this course is to develop your reading skills in a friendly and supportive environment. During this course you will read various book stories chosen by the tutor. You will also be discussing your reading materials in BSL, learning new vocabulary and exploring the structure of English. This course has no exams.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  12. Digital and English skills for deaf people: understand, express and capture your emotions (pre-entry)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to share and express your hobbies and interests to friends, family and the wider world through drawings and photographs.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  13. Digital and English skills for deaf people: describe your personal experiences via words, photos or videos (entry 2 - entry 3)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to set up a web camera or use your mobile phone camera to make a vlog and then learn how to upload and edit it onto YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. By the end of the course you will have produced a professional looking vlog!



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  14. English grammar for deaf people (entry 1) - part 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course is suitable if you have enough vocabulary to be able to read and write basic sentences. During this course, you will learn more vocabulary and grammar to help you talk, read and write about yourself, your family and friends and complete forms, short sms and e-mails. This course has no exams.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  15. English for deaf people: Understanding the British Government (entry 3 - Level 2)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The course will focus on the topic of the British Government. Learners will explore the range of roles in the government to understand who runs it and how different departments work together. The learners will also identify the key dates and events which have influenced the way government has been run as well what the difference between Government and Parliament is and how the different houses within Parliament work.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00

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