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The British Sign Language Course introduces students to BSL and helps them to become fluent enough to use it in basic, everyday conversation. As well as understanding the practical aspects of vocabulary and grammar, this course also gives students a more thorough knowledge with additional topics covered, such as the origins of British Sign Language, how it is used (not solely as a form of communication the hearing and speech impaired), and the grammatical structure of the British Sign Language, called the Topic Comment Structure and how it differs from its spoken counterpart. By the end of the course you will have a good, basic understanding of BSL and be in a great place to pursue British Sign Language further and develop further proficiency in it.

What You'll Learn from the British Sign Language Course

This course guides you through 11 comprehensive modules:

  1. Getting to know British Sign Language
  2. Learning British Sign Language
  3. Starting with the Basics
  4. Numbers and Quantities
  5. Sign Language for food and drink
  6. Weather
  7. Feelings
  8. Describing People's Personality with BSL
  9. Miscellaneous Signs
  10. The Grammar of British Sign Language
  11. Course Overview

Video Content

To give students visual demonstrations of the signs discussed, the course is accompanied by video tutorials, which you will gain access to upon enrolling on the course. The following topics are taught in the videos:

  • Letters and Numbers
  • Personality and Feelings
  • Basics, objects and places
  • Food and Drink
  • Date, Time and Weather
  • Occupations

The course starts with a thorough introduction to British Sign Language and its uses, as well as describing its history and development, as well as comparing it with other sign languages; explaining the advantages of BSL.

Sign language is often considered to be used exclusively in communication with the hearing and speech impaired; this misconception is cleared up in the second module of the British Sign Language Course, which encourages people to study it and use how they wish to use it. The rest of this module sets students up to study the course, with information on what they will need to study effectively, pointers to get the most from the course, and how to schedule time for study and practice.

Module 3 of the BSL Course introduces the basics, with common greetings and signs for friends and family members covered. Details of the correct hand movements and visual cues to use are given, to give a better understanding of how to replicate the signs.

In module 4 students learn how to count from 1 to 100 in BSL and then move onto how to sign quantities.

A favourite among many of us, food and drink is the topic being taught in the fifth module of the British Sign Language Course. The module starts by explaining signs used to represent food and then moves onto drink. With those areas covered the module concludes by explaining how dinner conversation may be made with BSL.

Being a course in British Sign Language, module 6 covers the great British pastime of discussing the weather.

BSL is an emotive language, and the seventh module of the course discusses how to express feelings with sign language and how it can be used to have full and complete conversations, as well as how to assess the feeling of another person by recognising expressions and body language.

Giving students even more complex tools in their study of the BSL, the eight module explains signs that are used to describe people, their characteristics and personalities, and how to make comparisons between people.

The ninth module of the British Sign Language Course covers a number of useful signs for a variety of scenarios. Covered here are signs for the work environment in general and various jobs in particular, everyday objects, time-telling, including increments of time, and dates, days of the week and months.

Module 10 of the course is dedicated to the important area of grammar. The differences between grammar in sign language compared with spoken languages are explained, along with the actual grammar rules used in BSL, relating to plurality, questions, tenses and qualities.

The last module of the course summarises all that has been learned, to provide revision and to ensure understanding and enable students to highlight areas that they may need to revisit.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The BSL Course takes anyone who wishes to learn sign language, from complete novice, to having a good, basic understanding of British sign language and being capable of using it in basic, everyday conversation; giving them a good foundation of knowledge to then go onto further study and gain further proficiency. The course will help those who work with the public or in carer roles, where they may come in contact with BSL users, and for those who are considering a career in British Sign Language Interpretation but would like to understand the topic further before committing to a more financially and time-demanding course.

Frequently Asked Questions

The British Sign Language Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

I - Introduction and Background Knowledge


Module 1: Getting to know British Sign Language

  • What is British Sign Language?
    • How to Learn BSL?
    • Communication and Supporting Professionals
  • Origin and History of British Sign Language
  • Comparing British Sign Language with the Alternatives
    • Evolution of a Sign Language - The Nicaraguan School for the deaf
    • Different Sign Languages
    • British Sign Language
    • American Sign Language
    • Standardised International Sign Language
  • Advantages of learning BSL
    • Millions of Signers
    • Word of Sign
    • The Intrinsic Value of Time
    • A Different Mode of Communication
    • Early Development of a Young Mind
    • An Edge in Today's World
    • Overwhelming Popularity
    • Cognitive Growth
    • Diversity
    • Communicating with Deaf Babies
    • Sign Languages for Certain Professions
    • Improved Communication via Sign Languages
    • Easiest Way to Understand a New Culture
    • Appreciation of a Literary Arts
  • Who is British Sign Language for?
    • British Sign Language Users
    • Widespread Recognition
    • Public Usage
    • Written Application
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

II - Methodology and Process of Learning

Module 2: Learning British Sign Language

  • Who can learn BSL?
    • Congenital Speaking Loss
    • Congenital Hearing Loss
    • Trainers and therapists
    • How can I learn BSL?
  • The Right Tools for the Job
    • Pen and paper
    • Mirror/Camera
    • Timer
    • The study room/environment
    • A study schedule
  • Making a Study and Practice Schedule
    • Step 1 - Assessing your current schedule
    • Step 2 - List the learning outcomes and objective
    • Step 3 - Planning
    • Step 4 - Studying in 20 or 30 minute blocks
    • Step 5 - Organise and prepare
    • Step 6 - Sticking to the schedule
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 3: Starting with the Basics

  • Greetings
  • Family and Friends
  • Simple Conversations
  • Scenario 1
  • Scenario 2
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 4: Numbers and Quantities

  • Numbers in the British Sign Language
  • Quantities in BSL
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 5: Sign Language for food and drink

  • Talking about food in BSL
  • Starting with the Basics
  • Talking about drinks in BSL
  • Casual Conversation Over Food Table in BSL
    • Scenario 1
    • Scenario 2
    • Scenario 3
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 6: Weather

  • Talking about Weather in BSL
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 7: Feelings

  • Signs for conveying feelings
  • Incorporating Signs into Conversation
    • Practice
    • Learn new vocabulary
    • Test yourself
    • Practical exam and video sessions
    • Goals and targets
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 8: Describing People's Personality with BSL

  • Personality and Characteristic Traits
  • Comparing Personality Traits of a Person
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 9: Miscellaneous Signs

  • BSL in a Work Environment
  • Objects and Places
  • Calendars and Times
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 10: The Grammar of British Sign Language

  • Grammar in Sign Language
  • Is BSL grammar the same as English Grammar?
  • What should I know about BSL Grammar?
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

III - Conclusion

Module 11: Course Overview

  • What can you do now?
  • Final Recap of this Course

Video Content

Video demonstrations of the following topics

  • Letters and Numbers
  • Personality and Feelings
  • Basics, objects and places
  • Food and Drink
  • Date, Time and Weather
  • Occupations

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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