British Sign Language
Opportunities to learn BSL- our next classes start in
British Sign Language (BSL) is the sign language
used in the United Kingdom and is the first or preferred language
of deaf people in the UK. Many thousands of people who are not deaf
also use BSL, as hearing relatives of deaf people, sign language
interpreters or as a result of other contact with the British deaf
BSL is a visual/gestural language so you will
not need to do any written work. Your tutor, Amanda Smith, whose
first language is BSL, will guide you through a variety of learning
activities including: tutor led demonstrations, role play, group
and pair work, and video presentations.
All courses will be taught in sign language
and will follow the ‘Signature’ (formerly the Council for the
Advancement of Communication with Deaf People) curriculum.
Our courses are open to York St John University students, staff
and external participants aged over 18 years. Once enrolled,
you will have access to the University facilities, such as the
library and on-line learning support.
Courses run for 12 weeks (including exam week). Courses are
priced at £150 for external applicants, £90 for YSJU students as
extra-curricular (no charge if taken as part of a YSJU
degree). Payment to be made in full prior to acceptance
on the course.
The timetable for September 2013 will be available
shortly; please check back for details.
British Sign Language levels on offer
(preparation for Signature 101)
(preparation for Signature 102 & 103)
(preparation for Signature 201)
(preparation for Signature 202)
(preparation for Signature 203)
(preparation for students starting Signature level
(preparation for students progressing in Signature level
Please contact the Languages Administrator
T: 01904 876507
Information about BSL events can be found here
York St John Sign Bar
a social group to help people practice their sign language outside
of the classroom with different people and have a good time, it’s a
good place to learn and to have fun and with languages practice.
It’s for BSL students to join and to take advantage of the support
and fun that can be had with the SIGN BAR.
If you need any more information contact Hannah Gregory by
St John Sign Bar also has a Facebook page
Links to other websites
Signature promotes excellence in
communication with deaf and deafblind people so our vision of a
society in which deaf people have full access can become a
Action Deafness Books
is a book store and publisher, specialising in resources on
D/deafness and D/deaf issues.