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.

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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short 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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Managing hearing loss at work
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicola Hicks
    This course is for people who have a hearing loss and who work in an office environment. It covers a range of common office scenarios and issues that arise for people with hearing loss.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
  2. Digital and English skills for deaf people: Understand, express and capture your emotions (pre-entry - entry 1)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to share and express your emotions via hobbies, interests, everyday activites etc to friends, family and the wider world through drawings, posters, photographs, videos etc.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  3. Digital skills and Maths for deaf people: Manage shopping and spending (pre-entry to entry 1)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    During the course you will develop skills in learning independently, communicating with your tutor and other students. You will develop your ability to use your own initiative, carry out research and complete tasks either independently or in collaboration with others.



    The course is practical and the skills you learn can be used in everyday life situations. There are no exams to this course.



    Free course: This is a Multiply course. Multiply is a new government programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills. This course is free for Londoners aged 19 or over. For more information Click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  4. English entry 3 for deaf people - part 3
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Apr 2024

    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. This course has no exams.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here



    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
  5. DS and English for deaf people: Improve English via Word (entry 2) - part 3
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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.You will also learn all the basic functions of creating Word documents: adding, copying, moving and formatting text, inserting pictures and creating tables, checking spelling and grammar, changing the page layout and printing different documents accurately. This course has no exams.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  6. English for deaf people: English for work - reading and writing skills (entry 3) - part 3
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 12 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is suitable if you are looking for or already are in employment. The aim of the course is to help you to acquire English skills necessary for communication at work via e-mails, memos, reports etc. This course has no exams.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here



    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
  7. English Entry 2 for deaf people - part 3
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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. This course has no exams.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. English for deaf people: Brush up your grammar (entry 2 - entry 3)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is suitable for deaf people who can read and write English reasonably well but would like to know more about English grammar and the language / vocabulary we use to talk about language. Delivered via British Sign Language, the weekly sessions will use both languages to make sense of English grammar by incorporating various teaching and learning activities such as discussions, comparing and contrasting BSL and English and so forth. This course has no exams.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here



    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. BSL level 1
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    Have you always wanted to learn British Sign Language and communicate with Deaf people? Develop the skills you need to gain the level 1 BSL qualification, accredited by Signature. The fees for BSL level 1 courses include a year's subscription to Signworld.







    You may wish to study BSL without the pressure of an exam, or just for fun. We can arrange for you to be taught without a formal final assessment and you will receive a certificate of attendance.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £503.00 Concession £454.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  10. English for deaf people: English tenses (entry 2 - entry 3)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here



    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. BSL level 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Brown
    Have you passed your BSL level 1 and are you ready for a level 2 course? Build your skills and knowledge and achieve a level 2 qualification, accredited by Signature.
    Full fee £899.00 Senior fee £899.00 Concession £683.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  12. Beginners BSL
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alesia Parshutsina
    Are you interested in learning BSL? Join us to learn some basic vocabulary and grammar and decide if you want to progress to the level 1 qualification.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
  13. Pre-level 3 in BSL
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pat Parke
    Have you have passed your level 2 in BSL but need more confidence and advice before moving on to a level 3 course? You will improve the standard of your productive and receptive BSL skills to enable you to converse comfortably with a BSL user.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  14. Digital skills for deaf people: Have an effective interview via video call (entry 3 - Level 1)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to set up a web camera or use your mobile phone camera to make a video call through Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime or Zoom, and then learn how to prepare for an effective interview.



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  15. Communication with older people with a hearing loss
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lorraine Braggins
    The course will cover the features of age-related hearing loss and how these relate to what, and how, older people hear and understand. Participants will learn communication strategies so that older people can understand them better.







    This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
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