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Want To Learn British Sign Language?

Members of the BSL Club

Did you know that we have a Learn British Sign Language (BSL) Club that runs every Thursday from 3.45 to 5pm in Room A111?

Teacher of the deaf, Mr Whalley, who runs the club, said: “Learning sign language is good fun, not only does it allow you to learn to use your facial expressions, hands and body to say something or tell a story, it also makes you aware of what people mean, rather than what they say. You become much more observant!”

Sign language is also a great way of communicating at a distance.  You are only limited by how well you can see and be seen.  Of course, one of the most important benefits is that BSL helps you to communicate with deaf people, be more deaf aware and have a greater understanding of deafness.

At the club you will learn:

  •         To understand and use a range of simple words and sentences in BSL
  •         To take part in simple, everyday conversations in BSL
  •         To give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL
  •         To give and follow simple familiar statements or descriptions in BSL

You will also be able to gain some qualifications if you are ready and want to do some assessments.

The club welcomes students from Years 7 to 13, you can be an absolute beginner or a more advanced signer and can join the club at any time in the school year. The sessions are fun and very informal – you don’t need to book, just turn up.

If you would like any more information please see Mr Whalley in Room A213 or Mrs Miller in Room 215.

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