Centre for deaf education

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.

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  1. Getting a better job - for Deaf people

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you looking for better work? Are you in-work but not progressing? Come and improve your job prospects and your digital skills at the same time. This course will enable you to: search online for better work; complete a top-class job application and write a positive CV using your computer skills; learn the most essential office computer skills in Word. You will also receive regular help, guidance and support from out IAG in improving your job prospects.

    These courses are free to students who are on (a) Jobseekers' Allowance; (b) Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG); or (c) other state benefits, earn less than £330 a month and are doing the course to find work or move into more sustainable employment. Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £23.00

  2. Introduction to lipreading

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Find out about the skills involved in lipreading and build your confidence in understanding conversations. Suitable if you have little or no experience of lipreading.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Pre-level 2 in BSL: refresher

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have passed level 1 in BSL but are not quite ready to do level 2, this course is for you. Practise storytelling, having conversations and presenting information to others in an unhurried and friendly class. This is not an exam class, but you will receive an attendance certificate.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  4. BSL level 1

    Course Date: Thu 26 Apr 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £501.00
    Concession: £408.00

  5. Brush up your English grammar for Deaf people

    Course Date: Wed 2 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 role- plays, discussions, comparing and contrasting BSL and English and so forth. This course has no exams.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  6. Level 6 in BSL - part 2

    Course Date: Wed 2 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you achieved the level of knowledge and skills necessary to start your portfolio for your level 6 NVQ in BSL? Collect evidence and develop your portfolio with help from our experienced teaching and assessment team.
    Full fee: £899.00
    Senior fee: £899.00
    Concession: £899.00

  7. Mindfulness skills for hearing loss

    Course Date: Wed 2 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mindfulness means ‘to make contact with’ or ‘to bring to mind’. Practise direct applications for mindfulness in daily life particularly when dealing with hearing loss..
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £64.00
    Concession: £44.00

  8. BSL intensive fingerspelling practice

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you on a level 1 or 2 BSL course and would like to improve your ability to use and understand BSL fingerspelling? This workshop is taught by a highly experienced teacher and provides a perfect opportunity to focus on this particular area of BSL.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  9. PowerPoint for home and work (beginners) - for Deaf people

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you started to give presentations? Do you need to learn the basic features of PowerPoint? Come and learn the technology and the craft. By the end of the course, you will be able to give a presentation using different designs, inserting text and images including animation features.

    These courses are free to students who are on (a) Jobseekers' Allowance; (b) Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG); or (c) other state benefits, earn less than £330 a month and are doing the course to find work or move into more sustainable employment. Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £18.00

  10. Excel for home and work (beginners) - for Deaf people

    Course Date: Wed 6 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you new to Excel? This introductory course will provide you with a solid overview of the basics of Excel including key terminology, creating simple worksheets, entering and formatting data, making basic calculations and creating simple charts and graphs.

    These courses are free to students who are on (a) Jobseekers' Allowance; (b) Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG); or (c) other state benefits, earn less than £330 a month and are doing the course to find work or move into more sustainable employment. Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £18.00

  11. Confident communication for people with hearing loss

    Course Date: Tue 26 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This 5 week practical course is aimed at adults with acquired hearing loss who experience hearing difficulties in everyday situations. Partners, family members and friends are also encouraged to attend.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £48.00
    Concession: £35.00

  12. Communication with older people with a hearing loss

    Course Date: Wed 27 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  13. Manage your tinnitus

    Course Date: Thu 28 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This 4 week practical course is aimed at those with tinnitus who would like to understand it better and learn about techniques to be able to manage it.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £42.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. BSL level 2

    Course Date: Sat 21 Apr 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £754.00
    Concession: £617.00

  15. Introduction to BSL

    Course Date: Mon 23 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

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