Sign Language Level 1 | Dartford Adult Education Centre

Sign Language Level 1 at Dartford Adult Education Centre

Sign Language Level 1 at Dartford Adult Education Centre

Price: £475.00 Starts: 03/10/2019 Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Tutor: Clifford Lane Ends: 16/07/2020 Location: Dartford Adult Education Centre
Level: Level 1 Day of Week: THU Duration: 33 weeks

This course has started, but is still accepting enrolments. This course has already started but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 2222 and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running.

About this course

This 33-week British Sign Language (BSL) course in Dartford 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.

Dartford Adult Education Centre is on the same site as Westgate Primary School in Summerhill Road.

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. Homework set will provide an opportunity for self study which is essential to pass the assessments and will include the use of on-line resources.
Initial assessment is carried out at the beginning of the course to assess individual skill level. Each student's starting point is recorded on an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) 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 buy books and CD/DVDs for home study. The tutor will advise. We advise students not to buy anything until after the first session.

What can I do next?

Students who achieve the Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language can progress to the Preparing for Level 2 course or, subject to tutor recommendation and the meeting of certain criteria, to the Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language. Your tutor will be able to advise you or see

What do I need to join the course

No previous experience is required. However, 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 will need to show proof of a hearing impairment if you are applying for the hearing concession.
Anyone who wants to learn how to communicate with Deaf people or who simply has an interest in Sign Language. For those who are new to British Sign Language or who may have already attended a Sign Language Taster or a Basics course.

There is a concession for students who have a hearing impairment or who have close relatives who have a hearing impairment. Ask upon enrolment for details.

About the Tutor: Clifford Lane

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Getting there

Dartford Adult Education Centre
Summerhill Road

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 2222 and quote the Course Code DAR/77710/H/FF.
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