Introduction to Sign Language and Deaf Awareness

Start date(s):
23 Jan 2018
8 weeks
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Study Mode:
Part Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This course offers an introduction to British Sign Language (BSL), to allow learners to develop their communication skills.

You will learn a new rewarding language that will enable you to work with deaf people. You will also develop an understanding of the impact of hearing loss on a person's life.


This course aims to provide learners with basic signing skills and an understanding of the impact of hearing loss on a person’s life.


  • Introduction to the course, BSL alphabet, question signs, sign names, numbers 1-20, statistics introducing terminology.
  • Recap numbers from 1-100, colours, introduce family signs, principle of time lines, fingerspelling practice, types and causes of deafness.
  • Recap, more family signs, descriptive signs, days, months and seasons, fingerspelling practice, introduction of communication tactics.
  • Recap, signs for weather, methods of travel and place/country signs, fingerspelling practice, deaf culture - facial expressions and body language.
  • Consolidation of signs from weeks 1-4. Group game – describing people, fingerspelling practice. Mid-course assessment - one to one with tutor.
  • Recap, food and drink, fingerspelling practice, introducing principles of lip-reading.
  • Recap, house and home, directions, fingerspelling practice, technical and human aids to communication.
  • Consolidation of signs learned throughout the course.
  • End of course assessments (1-1 with tutor), number game to reinforce knowledge.
  • Evaluation and progression route discussion.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Every week you will engage in practical activities, assessed by your tutor. You will work in pairs or small groups to practice signs and to participate in activities designed to increase your understanding of communication strategies with deaf and hard of hearing people.

You will have one-to-ones with your tutor, to reinforce handshapes for signs etc. and to receive feedback on your development. New topics will be introduced each week to build signing skill and knowledge. The topics will be related and will reinforce previous learning.


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