What is the course about?
You will find out about the history of Deaf people in Britain and how the evolution of British Sign language (BSL) and the manual alphabet have influenced the development of the Deaf Community.
What will we cover?
- the history of sign language and the manual alphabet in Britain
- BSL in the present day: research in BSL; campaign for the official recognition of BSL
- the development of Deaf organisations
- well-known Deaf people throughout history
- social and community life: the meaning of 'Deaf Community'; institutions and activities in the Deaf Community
- education: sign language in the education of Deaf children throughout the centuries; the role of BSL in education today.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- describe the history of the Deaf Community in Britain
- describe the evolution of BSL
- describe the relationship between BSL and the development of the Deaf Community.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course content is at level 1. The course is taught in BSL and so you will need at least level 2 skills in order to follow the teaching.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- pair / group work
- question and answer.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You are advised to bring a folder, paper and pens for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We have a range of post-level 2 BSL courses, up to level 6.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details