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- Course content
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- Who can apply?
- How to apply
- Fees & Payments Application form
All classes will be held at:
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
2 Wakefield Street
Course Director: Frances Elton
The development of linguistic research in British Sign Language (BSL) has stimulated an extensive interest in professional competence within this field. Many Deaf professionals are working in environments where academic and practical understanding of the structure and use of BSL is crucial. This can include areas as diverse as working in the mental health professions, Deaf organisations, education, TV and media, entertainment, conference management, and many more.
The course will consist of a variety of elements including study skills, offering Deaf professionals the opportunity to analyse sign language and to consider the implications of how the language is used in a range of situations and in its extended forms. This course will run for eleven weeks. For further information please see How to apply for course dates.
This unique course can provide an appropriate basis for a range of further professional development. If you are interested in careers in education or training we also offer the Advanced Teaching of Sign Language course for those who have taken the Certificate in the Linguistics of BSL.
The course consists of 60 hours class time plus 40 hours of individual study / analysis work. Please note that there is also an additional 6 hours of class time for the last session of the course. This is a study skills session. All classes are held on Thursday from 12pm – 6.00pm. Due to the structure of the course students are expected to attend 100% of the course to successfully complete their training.
Successful completion of the full sessions of the course is required, and includes a “Final Assignment” done in student’s own time. Details of this assignment will be given at the end of the course and the deadline for submission will be six weeks later.
The final assignment must be presented in BSL, on video/DVD, and be no longer than half an hour. This type of assignment requires a different approach from the more traditional written format. A study skills session is included in the fee and takes place at the last session. This session is compulsory and gives students the opportunity to develop the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary, in addition to being informed of the University College London’s academic regulations enabling them to complete their final assignment successfully.
The course will consist of the following elements:
Study Skills Session
- Assignment structure and presentation skills
- University Academic Regulations
- How to work within the half hour time limit
- Presentation of quotations and references
- The use of the video camera
- Open forum / Question & Answer session
Sociolinguistics (to be held separately - please see information and application form)
- BSL variation & change
- Historical change in BSL
- BSL and other sign languages
- BSL in its social context
- Borrowing and name signs
- Fingerspelling within BSL
- Social acceptability: including taboo and euphemisms
- Extended use of language in BSL: including poetry, humour & storytelling
The teaching will consist of lectures, task-based work, seminar discussion, and video analysis, based on prepared work. All lectures will be in BSL. We will provide all course information and tasks (homework) via Moodle. This is a computer based course information site. BSL clips will be provided for each task set, which you will do at home. You will be given a password to use as soon as you have registered and paid for the course. All tests and examinations will be in BSL using either video or DVD lasting no longer than half an hour. Teaching practice and practical assessments should be carried out in BSL. Please make sure you have read the course outlines, plus the study skills and final assignment sections above.
If you require further information with regard to the course content you can contact:
49 Gordon Square
Direct line (textphone): 020 7679 8692 Fax/voice: 020 7679 8676
This course in Linguistics of BSL is very popular. We advise you to send
your application forms as soon as possible to be sure of a place.
All students will receive a Certificate of Achievement on completion of the full eleven weeks course including the study skills element and all assignments. Students wishing to attend but not undertake the assessments may request a Certificate of Attendance. An application is currently pending with the University to create a University Certificate of which will include the Linguistics of BSL, a new module on Sociolinguistics of BSL. Students who complete Linguistics of BSL this year will be able to apply for their work to be counted towards the full certificate.
- Must have had basic training in the structure of BSL (e.g. a completed “understanding of BSL” or basic linguistics course elsewhere).
- Have experience and knowledge of Deaf culture and community.
- Meet other relevant training and qualifications (please see the Application Form for examples).
- Must be able to attend all eleven days of the course
- Must be able to meet the final assignment deadline (six weeks after the end of the last session).
Please note that this course is restricted to people who are Deaf.
The application form can be saved as a Word document. Either
complete it on your computer and email it as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or you can print the application form and post it to the address on the application form.
- Fill in the application form and send it back as soon as possible
- Please also let Frances Elton know to confirm a place on the course. Please note you may be asked to attend an interview
- If we cannot offer you a place, we will write to you to let you know.
- If we decide to offer you a place on the course, we will send you a letter with a date for payment.
- When we receive your payment we will send you a map and information about where to go on the first day.
From Thursday 26th September 2013 to Thursday 5th December 2013 each week for 11 weeks on the following dates:
- 26 September 2013
- 3 October
- 10 October
- 17 October
- 24 October
- 31 October
- 7 November
- 14 November
- 21 November
- 28 November
- 5 December 2013
The fee for this course is: £880. This fee must be paid for in full, before
the start date.
If we do not receive your full payment before the course begins you will not be able to take your place.
If you have any problems paying before the deadline tell us immediately and we will discuss it with you. There are some Charitable Trusts who may agree to support you on the course. We cannot guarantee it and we cannot apply on your behalf. However, if you would like to try this method we can give you some advice about where to start looking.
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