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.

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  1. Level 6 in BSL - part 2

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £899.00
    Senior fee: £899.00
    Concession: £899.00

  2. BSL level 1

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (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: £443.00

  3. Introduction to BSL

    Introduction to BSL

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Interested in learning British Sign Language? Learn some basic vocabulary and grammar, and decide if you want to progress to the level 1 qualification.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £129.00

  4. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - for Deaf people

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get connected through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Learn the main elements of these essential everyday digital skills in a safe and supportive environment: how to set up Facebook pages, profiles and groups; how to start your Twitter account; how to get going on Instagram.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  5. Introduction to Alexander Technique for people with hearing loss

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Does your hearing loss sometimes make you feel tense, unbalanced or at a social disadvantage? Do you find yourself straining to hear, tilting your head or lacking confidence? The Alexander Technique can help you manage this by identifying and preventing unnecessary muscular and mental tension. Taught by a teacher who has used the AT to manage his own hearing loss.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £36.00
    Concession: £26.00

  6. Assertiveness and hearing loss

    Course Date: Tue 4 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £48.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. Introduction to Indesign

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this introduction course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. Pre-level 2 BSL: refresher

    Course Date: Wed 12 Jun 2019
    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: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £190.00

  9. Communication with older people with a hearing loss

    Course Date: Fri 21 Jun 2019
    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

  10. Confident communication for people with hearing loss

    Course Date: Fri 21 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This five-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 enrol.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £48.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. Excel 2016 essentials for Deaf people

    Course Date: Wed 26 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you new to Excel? Have you been using Excel but are unsure of its main features? This provide you with a solid overview of the key aspects of of Excel including important terminology, creating simple worksheets, entering and formatting data, making basic calculations and creating simple charts and graphs.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  12. Manage your tinnitus

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £42.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Become more lipreadable

    Course Date: Fri 5 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know a hard of hearing or deaf person who needs to lipread you? Find out how lipreading works and how you can make some small adjustments in order to become more 'lipreadable'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  14. BSL level 2

    Course Date: Sat 6 Apr 2019 (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: £667.00

  15. Introduction to lipreading

    Introduction to lipreading

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (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

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