All classes will be held at:
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
2 Wakefield Street
Course Director: Frances Elton
The development of sociolinguistic 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 in its social contexts is crucial. These can include areas as diverse as working in the mental health professions, Deaf organisations, education, TV and media, entertainment, conference management, and many more including teaching and learning of BSL.
The course will consist of a variety of elements, offering Deaf professionals the opportunity to analyse sign language, understand variation and change, and consider the implications of how the language is used in a range of situations and in its extended forms. This course will run for five weeks. For further information please see How to apply for course dates. It is strongly recommended to complete this course together with the sign linguistics course.
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 from City University or a Certificate of Achievement from UCL and the Sociolinguistics module.
The course consists of 30 hours class time plus 20 hours of individual study / analysis work. All classes are held on Thursdays 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.
In order to receive a Certificate of Achievement, students must attend all sessions and satisfactorily complete a final assignment. 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 will 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.
The course will consist of the following elements:
- 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
Teaching will include 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. Teaching and all assessments will be carried out in BSL.
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 Sociolinguistics 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 five weeks course and satisfactory completion of 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 which will include the Linguistics of BSL, and the 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 a Certificate in Linguistics of BSL from City University or a Certificate of Achievement from UCL.
- 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 five days of the course
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.
- 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.
Thursday 2nd May 2013 until Thursday 30th May 2013 each week for 5 weeks on the following dates:
- 2nd May 2013
- 9th May
- 16th May
- 23rd May
- 30th May 2013
The course fee is £470. This fee must be paid for in full, before the start
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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