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CULP: British Sign Language Basic 1


The course is delivered in a visual way

Target audience
  • University staff and students
  • Further details regarding Language Centre eligibility criteria are available

For absolute beginners (ab initio learners) or those with very little knowledge of the language.

Topics covered

The course introduces students to the following functions and notions:

  • Greetings
  • Introducing oneself, friends and family
  • Describing your nationality, age and profession
  • Talking about your daily life; describing routines, hobbies, free time activities, interests and expressing likes and dislikes.
  • Telling the time
  • Going shopping, inquiring about prices, size, quantity etc.
  • Describing a home/building, give/ask for an address
  • Talking about work/study, the timetable
  • Understanding information relevant to travel and holidays
  • Describing food and drink

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand basic instructions in BSL and take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic. Have the ability to initiate a simple conversation with a deaf person.
  • To develop a basic understanding and an appreciation of British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Students will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL
  • Students will be able to understand signed communication in a given range of topics and answer simple questions about everyday situations
  • To introduce students to the background of British Sign Language, the Deaf Community
System requirements
  • Raven access is required
  • Further information regarding Raven is available
  • Students Fees: £285 to be paid online. Please select ‘Concessionary’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Staff Fees: £320 to be paid online. Please select ‘All charged’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Links to the online store will be provided with your confirmation email.
  • Payment is required within 24 hours of your booking to secure your place.
  • Refunds available after the first lesson only.
  • Payment for the courses is made on the Online Store (CULP General Purpose courses), (Raven log in).
  • Course materials can be found on Moodle (Raven log in), once the course has started.
  • The course will be offered upon enrolment of at least 10 students
  • Full details of all Language Centre programmes can be found on the Language Centre website and Language Centre Online website

Fifteen taught sessions of two hours

CULP: Cambridge University Language Programmes

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