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.

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. English entry 3 for deaf people

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. Everyday maths for deaf people (pre-entry - entry 1)

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. BSL level 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 4 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.

    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: £599.00
    Senior fee: £502.00
    Concession: £444.00

  4. Introduction to BSL

    Introduction to BSL

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Interested in learning British Sign Language? Learn some basic vocabulary and grammar, and decide if you want to progress to the level 1 qualification.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £129.00

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

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  6. BSL level 1 for Deaf people

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is for Deaf learners who want to learn BSL at level 1. You will be able to communicate in BSL in a range of everyday topics and achieve a level 1 qualification, accredited by Signature.

    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

  7. BSL level 2 for Deaf people

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is for Deaf people who already have BSL level 1. Build up your BSL skills and knowledge in a range of topics. You can achieve a level 2 qualification, accredited by Signature.

    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

  8. Lipreading taster session

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Come along to this free, fun taster session to experience what a lipreading class is like. Aimed at those who use spoken English as their main means of communication. Suitable for people who have little or no knowledge of lipreading.



    This course will be delivered online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. Get started with digital skills - for deaf people (pre-entry - Entry 1)

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will help you to get started with Digital Skills. By the end of this course you will be able to understand clearly how to use your device, Internet and emails.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  10. Award in education and training for lipreading teachers

    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    City & Guilds 6502 qualification: Level 3 Award in Education and Training



    Interested in teaching lipreading to adults? This course covers teaching basics and leads to a national initial teaching award.



    This course is for people who want to teach adults. Combine it with GT106, Lipreading Teacher Training Course, and you will qualify to teach lipreading in this sector.



    You will attend lecture blocks on the following dates in 2020: September 18th, 19th and October 2nd, 3rd. There will be a practical teaching assessment on June 18th 2021.



    This course will be delivered online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £579.00
    Senior fee: £579.00
    Concession: £579.00

  11. Deaf history: one-day course

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Find out about the history of Deaf people in Britain and the development of British Sign Language. This fascinating course is taught in BSL, with a BSL-English interpreter available.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  12. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about lip movements and tactics to help you manage difficult listening situations and find out about relevant equipment and services. Suitable if you have little or no experience of lipreading.



    Term 1 of this course will be delivered online up to Dec 2020 and will be a mixture of live streaming with a tutor and pre-filmed content for home study. Face-to-face teaching for this course in the building may resume if feasible after Dec 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £158.00

  13. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: improvers 2

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your lipreading skills and strategies for face-to-face communication and keep up-to-date with relevant equipment and services. Suitable if you have practised lipreading skills at improvers' level.



    Term 1 of this course will be delivered online up to Dec 2020 and will be a mixture of live streaming with a tutor and pre-filmed content for home study. Face-to-face teaching for this course in the building may resume if feasible after Dec 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £149.00

  14. Living well with hearing loss

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (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.



    This course will be delivered online.



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

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £36.00
    Concession: £26.00

  15. Lipreading and managing hearing loss: long term learners advanced

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you an experienced lipreader, confident in your theory, but wishing to keep up your skills with continued practice? Suitable if you have been coming to lipreading classes for a while and want to continue to be stretched.



    Term 1 of this course will be delivered online up to Dec 2020 and will be a mixture of live streaming with a tutor and pre-filmed content for home study. Face-to-face teaching for this course in the building may resume if feasible after Dec 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £149.00

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