Life Skills: Facts, Figures & Comprehension for the Deaf

Ref: C3670508

You Deaf? You BSL? Do you want to improve your English and BSL? Come to the WEA Deaf Literacy class in Rotherham. BSL will be used throughout with a Deaf tutor.

Course aim

This course aims to encourage Deaf students to acquire and develop Literacy skills through the medium of British Sign Language (BSL). If necessary, opportunities will be given to students to sit Literacy tests to acquire qualifications.

Who is the course for?

Students need to be Deaf and users of British Sign Language.

What topics will this course cover

The course is intended for Deaf people who are BSL users. The aim is for Deaf students to develop bilingual skills so that they can participate in the wider society using BSL through BSL/English interpreters and English through pen and paper. Further, to use their smartphones as a communication tool. New students to the course will carry out initial assessments in BSL/Literacy which will indicate the level at which they are working. You will work towards group and individual goals. All goals will be monitored and assessed throughout the course and you will be given regular feedback on your progress.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Write English text from a BSL passage. Produce basic BSL video passages from English texts. Proof-read and correct writing for grammar and spelling. Produce BSL video letters from smartphones to make comments, compliments and complaints to organisations and statutory authorities. Develop reading skills to build up self confidence in reading letters, emails, newspapers and the internet

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through your Individual Learning Plan and feedback sheets on work provided.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Pen, paper and smartphones/tablets.

Reading and information sources

Ideally students should be able to have smartphones/tablets, browse the internet and know how to use the camera app.

What could the course lead to?

Deaf students can become Deaf relay interpreters or Deaf BSL translators. Further, the students can use present internet technology to prepare and make online BSL video messages.

Download full course outline

Life Skills: Facts, Figures & Comprehension for the Deaf Course Outline

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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