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British Sign Language - Introduction

Course code 

British Sign Language – Introduction 0.5 course unit (7.5 ECTS): LCBS6001
Portico level: First 

LCBS6001 is run in conjunction with the UCL Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre.

Aims and objectives 

Prerequisite for entry

For complete beginners or those who have had only very little experience of British Sign Language.

Aims and objectives

The course aims to cover very basic British Sign Language, with hands on practice in communicating with Deaf people on a selected range of topics, using both classroom time and online resources. Students will also learn about the nature of the British Deaf community, its culture and language.

This course will be taught face-to-face supplemented by online practise sessions. 

At the end of the course students will be expected to:

  • Be able to introduce oneself in BSL.
  • Be able to exchange personal information in BSL about one’s health and where they live and work.
  • Be able to understand short narratives in BSL about generic topics such as the home, the family, the workplace and leisure activities.
  • Understand the basic linguistic features of BSL.
  • Understand the history and culture of the British Deaf community, and the implications of being Deaf in a hearing world.