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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

For more information on how the Centre for Deaf Education has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our 'adapting to change to support the deaf community' page.

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. Deaf history part 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This exciting course covers information about the history of the Deaf community, education, media and sport to a more advanced and in depth level. It is taught in BSL, and hearing people with a minimum of level 2 in BSL are welcome.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  2. BSL intensive fingerspelling practice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  3. BSL level 2

    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 2021 (and 4 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.



    The assessments could take place either online or face to face. If the assessment takes place online, it will be via Zoom. If the face to face process is used, it will be on a one to one basis with your course tutor.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £799.00
    Senior fee: £673.00
    Concession: £597.00

  4. Living well with hearing loss

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will give you practical strategies for coping with your hearing loss and will help improve your confidence and well-being.



    It will be taught in spoken English, not sign language.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £36.00
    Concession: £26.00

  5. Manage your tinnitus

    Course Date: Fri 5 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This four-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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £42.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Assertiveness and hearing loss

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 9 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you sometimes find it hard to tell people you have a hearing loss and to ask them for the support you need? This short course will help you to develop your assertiveness skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £48.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. English entry 3 for deaf people

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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 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

  8. English level 1 for deaf people

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will help you improve your communication skills including reading and writing. It will enable you to become confident in writing longer texts and reading more complex articles, information, descriptions and stories. You will also become more confident at formal and informal conversations. We will look at how English sentences are put together and how you can write more complex sentences confidently. We will see how formal English differs from informal English, which will help you with both your reading and writing. Along the way, you will work on your spelling strategies to improve the accuracy of your written work. And you will learn some useful digital skills including reading and finding information from websites.

    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 grammar for deaf people (entry 1)

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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. Basic skills for deaf people: Getting started with English, Maths and Digital skills (pre-entry - Entry 1)

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is suitable if you have arrived in the UK from abroad and need to acquire basic Maths skills or if you missed out on education at school here in UK due to communication barriers. During this course you will work with basic numbers, measures, shapes and use of data. It is a very practical course and the skills you learn can be applied to your every day life contexts. 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

  11. English for deaf people: reading and writing (entry 1)

    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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

  12. English for deaf people: develop your reading skills (entry 3 - level 1)

    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will help you develop your reading skills. On the course you will learn about the different types of texts and the main points of a text and develop your comprehension skills.

    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

  13. English for deaf people: reading for pleasure (entry 1 - entry 2)

    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. Translating from English to BSL and summarising texts will be a large part of the sessions. 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

  14. Essential digital skills for life- for deaf people (Entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will build your confidence on how to use digital devices and the internet, By the end of the course you will gain a qualification, Entry 3 Level Digital Skills for Life.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  15. Digital skills for deaf people: Excel for housekeeping (entry 1 - entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you new to Excel? This course will help you to understand the basics of Excel including creating simple worksheets and simple graphs for housekeeping.

    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

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