Introduction to BSL: part 1
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for complete beginners or those who want to refresh their knowledge and practice. The course will support improved communication at work and for parents, family, friends or colleagues of deaf people.
On this non qualification course you will learn to: Understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL · Take part in simple conversations in BSL · Give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL · Give and follow simple familiar statements or descriptions in BSL · You will take part in one-to-one, pair and group exercises, use of hand-outs and using BSL as frequently as possible during a session.
Support and feedback
To find out how you are getting on, you’ll complete a short initial assessment and an individual learning plan (ILP). There are a variety of activities to assess your progress. There’s discussion and written feedback with your tutor. This should be noted on your ILP.
Additional costs and requirements
Bring a pen, paper, a folder and your enthusiasm
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
If you feel you require any support for your learning, please talk to a tutor or centre staff who will arrange for you to receive support or talk to a learning support coordinator. Any information given will be treated confidentially.
About the tutor
I have been using British Sign Language for over 20 years, passing my Level One in 1993. To enrol on the BSL in the 90s, we first had to attend a ten week ‘Deaf Awareness’ Course. It was the best preparation for BSL I could have done! We learnt ‘Communication Skills’ ‘Deaf Culture’ ‘Equipment for Deaf People’ and basic Sign Language. I suggest potential Students consider, also, enrolling on a ‘Deaf Awareness’ Course. I worked in a Mental Health Centre for many Years, using my new found skills with Deaf Clients, which encouraged me to go to University for two years, to Qualify as a Social Worker with Deaf People. I also did placements in a Sensory Team, in North Yorkshire. My time there was invaluable in using my signing Skills, and working with the Deaf Community. I later went on to pass BSL Level 2 and BSL Level 3. In 1997, I moved to North Devon, from Yorkshire, after successfully gaining the post as ‘Social Worker for the Deaf’. I worked there for over ten years, meeting and supporting
adults, and children with hearing loss. Each person was very individual, having different types of hearing loss and communication needs. I gained so much more experience with BSL and Deaf Culture. In my ten years, as a Social Worker I was able to, not only put my BSL to good use, but also improve my signing skills. At this time, ten years ago, I started to teach; BSL and Deaf Awareness, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The last two years of my working was spent as a part time Social Worker in Taunton. On retirement, I have continued to teach adults, and children, which includes; BSL One, BSL Two, and Deaf Awareness. I hope my story inspires you to learn British Sign Language. Who knows where it may lead! Sandy Buckley – Learn Devon Tutor