English for Deaf people

English for Deaf People

Do you want to improve your English? We offer a range of courses, taught in British Sign Language (BSL), for adults living in the UK who want to improve their skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and communication.

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

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.

Discover how English courses in the Centre for Deaf education helped Samba Coker express his identity.

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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: 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. English for deaf people: Develop your basic communication skills (pre - entry) - part 2
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023

    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
  10. English entry 3 for deaf people - part 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023

    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
  11. English Entry 2 for deaf people - part 2
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023

    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. 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).
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  12. English for deaf people: Reading for pleasure (entry 1) - part 2
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    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
  13. English for deaf people: Developing your problem-solving and decision making skills for work and everyday life (entry 3 - Level 2)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Throughout this course you will develop your understanding of language, vocabulary and skills related to problem-solving and decision making in work based situations and/or personal life. You will apply your newly acquired skills, knowledge and behaviours in a range of realistic problem solving and decision making tasks tasks relating to work and/or personal life. Throughout this course we will review how to write in complete sentences and the use of present, past and future tenses in relation to self-reflection.This course has no exam.



    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. English grammar for deaf people (entry 1) - part 2
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    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: English for work - reading and writing skills (entry 3 - Level 1) - part 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023

    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 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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