Introduction to Sign Language

Level: Entry Level 3

Start date: 26 September 2019

End date: 05 December 2019

Day: Thursday

Time: 18.00 - 20.30

Fee: Free

Venue: Arachne

Introduction to Sign Language


Who is the course for?

This course is open to anyone who is interested in British Sign Language (BSL).


How long is the course?

1 session per week for 8 weeks. The session is usually between 2 ½ and 3 hours


What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. No previous knowledge of British Sign Language is required. Knowledge of spoken English language and an interest in using the sign language within their own environment are essential.


What will the course cover and what should I be able to do by the end of it?

The course aims to teach you some of the basics of sign language such as:

  • Starting to sign-everyday BSL, including getting from letters A-Z
  • Meeting and greeting
  • Numbers; family
  • Describing the weather
  • Colours and Hobbies
  • Signing 2-3 songs

At the end of the course you should be able to sign to introduce yourself to a deaf person and to make basic phrases


Will I get a qualification?

This course is not currently accredited.


What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

No extra study outside class time is required.


How will my progress be assessed?

Ongoing observation by the tutor, group discussions, quizzes, question and answer activities.


What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Following this course you can go on to complete the British Sign Language level 1


Are there any costs and what do I need to bring?

The course is free and handouts will be provided but you will need to bring along your own pen, note book and a ring binder (folder).


What support is available?

You will be guided through the learning in a supportive and encouraging way. You will work with the tutor and other students in order to achieve your group/individual learning objectives.

There will be some group work and discussion that take place, as well as opportunity for you to work in pairs and individually. Learners, often support each other, this is a positive way of reinforcing what you have learnt.