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Sign Language Level 1

Day of week:
Hi Kent, Maidstone
Level 1
09:30 - 13:30
15 weeks

This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 22 22* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running

This 15-week British Sign Language (BSL) course in Maidstone is delivered in partnership with Hi Kent ( and leads to the Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language. If you want to learn how to communicate with Deaf people in every day situations or just have a keen interest in learning this language then this is the course for you.

You will learn the basics to converse in BSL as well as the cultural aspects of the Deaf community.

At the end of the course successful students should be able to:
• greet Deaf people using British Sign Language and communicate about familiar day-to-day topics including counting, the weather, transport and directions.
• communicate with Deaf people using British Sign Language about people, animals and objects in the home.
• communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language about interests and activities using numbers in relation to age, time, money and calendar.
• communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language about school, college or work including directions and refreshments and using numbers in relation to time and calendar.

There are three units and each unit is assessed by means of a short one-to-one conversation with the tutor which will be videoed and sent to Signature for final judgement. There will be assigned days for the three assessments during course hours. Dates, which cannot be altered, will be advised by the tutor. You will need to practice your BSL regularly outside of the classroom - the tutor will give advice on opportunities to do this.

The course is delivered by our sub-contractor Hi Kent and as such may not be able to offer the same concessions as different training providers access different funding.

How will I be taught?

The emphasis is on signed communication and Sign Language is used most of the time. A variety of teaching strategies will be used, eg. demonstration and explanation by the tutor who signs, repeated by the students, small group work and pair work, whole class exercises, videos and games and handouts to take home.

Individual assessment is carried out at the beginning of the course to assess individual skill level. Each student's starting point is recorded on a tracking document and targets are set to aid development of the skill. These are revisited from time to time during the course to monitor and record progress.,

What do I need to bring with me?

A folder for your notes, notebook/paper and pen/pencil. The assessment fees are included in the course fee. There are no set text books for this course but students may wish to subscribe to online or other resources. Your tutor can guide you and you are advised not to purchase anything until the course has started.

What can I do next?

Students who achieve the Signature Level 1 Award in BSL can progress to the BSL Level 2 as recommended by the tutor.
We also have a comprehensive centre based and online Languages Programme with something new starting every few weeks.

What do I need to join the course

No previous experience is required. This course is also suitable for those who may have already attended a Sign Language Taster or a Basics course. You will need to have the ability to move and manipulate your fingers and hands to make the appropriate handshapes, ask if you are unsure. You should also seek advice before enrolling if you have severe dyslexia or other learning difficulties.

You need to ring Hi Kent Tel. 01622 691151and speak to Sophie Jackson who will give advice and take your enrolment. You cannot enrol direct with Kent Adult Education.

Getting to your course

Find us

Hi Kent
18 Brewer Street
ME14 1RU

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code MAI/111631/K/FF.