Pre-level 3 in BSL
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Course Code: QB520
Duration: 9 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is for you if you have passed your level 2 in BSL, but need more confidence in your BSL skills before moving on to the BSL certificate in Level 3 course. This course will enable you to improve your BSL productive and receptive skills in order to take part in conversations with other BSL users.
What will we cover?
During this course you will revise and reinforce your existing vocabulary of BSL signs, at the same time acquiring new vocabulary including some regional variations and grammatical principles.
You will learn to use and understand BSL at pre level 3 in relation to topics such as:
- everyday conversation and vocabulary
- fingerspelling practice
Illness and Health
- Social, recreation and leisure
- Home Life
- Shopping and Spending
- Food and Drink
- Work issues
- Daily news (current affairs).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate BSL signing skills by:
- developing a range of vocabulary relevant to a variety of shapes
- demonstrating correct and clear hand shapes
- using appropriate facial expressions with signs
- using turn-taking and asking for clarification
- demonstrating different strategies of understanding, acknowledging, confirming and exchanging of information during a routine conversation with BSL users about everyday situations
- giving examples of BSL variations and grammatical principles.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is pre-level 3. An interview to assess your signing will be required before enrolment.
You will need to have basic literacy skills as you will be asked to complete session/course evaluation forms and read handouts provided during the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching and learning activities will be done via:
• pair/group work
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• ¿¿¿ questions and answers
• ¿¿¿ explanations of the topics
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Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can apply for Level 3 Certificate in BSL. Your BSL skills will be assessed to confirm that you meet the entry requirements.
Emma has been teaching for more than 25 years. At City Lit she teaches Level 3 and Level 4 in BSL, and has previously taught BSL Level 1 and 2. She has also delivered National Curriculum BSL to Deaf children from nursery age to year 6 at Blanche Nevile School in North London. She is chair of the Association of British Sign Language Teachers and Assessors (ABSLTA). She established the ‘BSL News’ Facebook group, currently with nearly 5,000 followers! Emma has taught BSL, from Introduction to Level 4 at a range of settings and organisations, including: Chicken Shed Theatre, Blanche Nevile School and City Lit. In 2018, Emma was chosen by Signature as their ‘Excellent Teacher’ in their Annual Awards! She was also nominated as one of the top teachers working in Haringey Education Authority in 2016. Emma was the staff representative on the board of Governors at Blanche Nevile School. Emma has one Deaf and one hearing sister and has links to other Deaf organisations through her parent. Her mother, Winifred Tumim was chair of the board of trustees of RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss) and CACDP (previous name for Signature) during the 1980s and 1990s.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.