British Sign Language for Beginners- Taster

Ref: C3676108

This short BSL session has been developed to take anyone who wishes to learn this visual language, from complete novice to having an understanding of the purpose of fingerspelling, the relevance of clear handshapes and learn basic everyday conversation. It is hoped that students will progress on to the six week course starting on 8th November.

Course aim

This course is an introduction to the fascinating world of communicating in British Sign Language. British Sign Language, being a visual language, is the third recognised language in Britain.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Learn to fingerspell using the British Alphabet.
  • Practise fingerspelling and develop receptive skills with names.
  • Have a basic conversation in BSL.
  • Recognised that BSL is a means of communicating, used by the deaf community and those with having hearing impairment, using gestures, facial expression and body language.

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

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course information sheet

British Sign Language for Beginners- Taster

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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