Deaf Numeracy

Ref: C3672868

You Deaf? You BSL? Do you want to improve your numbers and money? Come to the WEA Deaf Numeracy class in Leeds. BSL will be used throughout with a Deaf tutor. The course is intended for Deaf people who have not achieved Level 2 Numeracy and are BSL users. The aim is for students to develop mathematical knowledge, skills and strategies to use when solving maths problems. New students to the course will carry out initial assessments which will indicate the level at which they are working. All students will carry out diagnostic tests to identify their areas of strength and the areas that need to be developed. You will work towards group and individual goals. The individual goals will focus on areas that have been highlighted in your diagnostic assessment. All goals will be monitored and assessed throughout the course and you will be given regular feedback on your progress.

Course aim

To provide Deaf students with strategies to solve maths problems and work towards studying for a nationally accredited qualification through the medium of British Sign Language (BSL).

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • Students need to be Deaf and users of British Sign Language.

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

  • To use estimation in solving problems and to check if answers are sensible.
  • Estimate answers to calculations
  • Estimate answers to calculations
  • Approximate decimals by rounding to a whole number or two decimal places
  • Find simple percentage parts of quantities and measurements

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Ideally students should be able to have smartphones/tablets, browse the internet and know how to use the camera app.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Go on to obtain Entry2/Entry3/Level 1/Level 2 Numeracy

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Deaf Numeracy


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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