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Introduction to British Sign Language


A fun engaging course providing basics for communication with British Sign Language (BSL) users.

  • Basic conversations in BSL
  • How to fingerspell and fingerspelling tactics
  • Tailored to include specific signs that are relevant to your organisation
  • Available as a full or half day course

Who should come on the course?

  • People who would like to try out and learn some basic BSL
  • All front line staff
  • People who work with colleagues who are Deaf BSL Users

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Produce the BSL alphabet and ‘read’ simple words back in BSL
  • Sign a wide range of basic BSL phrases and questions and be able to use them and ‘read’ them back
  • Understand and sign, signs and phrases relevant to your area of work

Have a good understanding of:

  • What BSL is and who uses it
  • The distinction between deaf and Deaf
  • The Deaf community who use BSL as their first or preferred language
  • What equipment can help some Deaf/deaf people
  • What professionals support Deaf/deaf people
  • How Deaf etiquette differs from hearing etiquette

What clients say about this training

The most satisfying and rewarding day I have had in years – and fun! In a word – inspirational!! - Delegate, Central School of Speech and Drama, London

Friendly, engaging session.  Lots of practise of signs & putting them in context.  I really enjoyed it.  Feel I have learnt a lot. 🙂 - Delegate, Salford Royal NHS Trust

Course Delivery

  • Face to face
  • Online
  • Available as a full or half day course
  • Option of customised training focused on your working environment

Booking Information

  • Organisations - Training at your preferred venue or online on dates to suit you for up to 16 delegates
  • For more information and to book, get in touch

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