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LEVEL 1 & 2 BSL COURSE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All the information you need to know to start your BSL sign language learning programme ...
Our Level One British Sign Language Course is perfect for complete beginners or those who have previously studied BSL sign language and are in need of a refresher.
What is the time commitment ?
Courses are held weekly either in person on Zoom for 45 minutes to 1 hour each week (Level 2 is 1 hour). There will also be an independent study task given at the end of each week, to complete at home, which we expect to take 20-30 minutes.
Level 1 courses run for 12 consecutive weeks and Level 2 courses run for 12+ weeks.
What if I can't make a session or don't have time for my independent study task?
We understand that many of our student have busy lives and may occasionally miss a session or not complete the study task. Study tasks are designed to reinforce classroom learning and give you chance to reflect and work on your sign in your own time. If you're unable to complete a task, this is no problem as is simply an additional learning tool to enhance your experience of sign language learning.
Do you provide resources?
Yes! We love to share everything about sign and the world of British Sign Language and many of our past students have commented on how much they enjoyed our worksheets, video library (Level 1 course) and links to websites, paper dictionaries and other resources on the web!
Are your courses accredited?
Yes, we are an approved Signature Centre. But please note, if you wish to take exams, these are charged as an separate fee at the end of your course. Your tutor will discuss with you the process for continuing onto your Signature accredited qualification.
Are sessions recorded?
Level 1 students will have access to a video library which features a shortened version of each week of the course including the signs learned that week without the live, interactive content. Many students have said they have found this invaluable and a great support. Level 2 does not include a video library at this time.
Can I bring a spouse or child?
We often have learners where more than one person in the household take part, while there is still a per-person charge, we'd encourage you to get in touch about our discounted family rates.
Is it suitable for children and young people?
Yes! While our online course isn't specifically aimed at young people, many mature and interested young people have joined parents on the courses and thoroughly enjoyed it! We are a particularly popular choice for students undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh awards or those who themselves or family members have additional needs. We also work 1-to-1 with families, offering family learning. Get in touch for a chat if this would be something useful for you!
Can I try it out first?
We have a free Youtube video class for new learners to see us in action before enrolling. You can sign up on our homepage
Do I have to have previous knowledge / certificate in BSL to join your courses?
For Level 1 no previous knowledge is required, this is a beginners course and most learners will have no or little knowledge when they begin.
For Level 2 we accept learners who have some experience of sign or a past qualification and feel confident starting at this level. For the beginner student, we would always advise working through the levels in order.
What is expected of me during my live sessions?
During online sessions you will be expected to keep your camera on so that you can repeat and sign back to the tutor as new vocabulary is learned. This helps us to feed back to you and make useful suggestions.
We will also use the "chat box" function where you can type your answers to receptive exercises.
At the end of the session, we may also ask you to sign a simple sentence to the group based on vocabulary you have used in the session or previous session.
This is all done in a supportive and light-hearted way and is in place to ensure that you're using and receiving sign yourself from the first session. Many learners feedback that they enjoy the interactive element and find benefit to practicing sign in a live environment with feedback from a sign professional.
What is the content for Level 1 and 2 courses?
The full details for Level 1 and Level 2 courses are listed here. In brief, Level 1 is simple vocabulary such as basic greetings, colours, numbers and other beginners vocabulary. Level 2 focuses on sign structure, giving you the skills to hold a conversation, present in sign and reading the signing of others'.
What do exams entail?
There are three exams:
Receptive (watching a member of the deaf community sign and answering questions on what they say)
Presentation - You perform a short presentation on an every day topic using the vocabulary you have learned.
Conversation - a recorded conversation on an everyday topic.
Sign Together is unlike some training providers in that all of our exams are individual, meaning you will be assessed and given feedback 1-to-1. Your tutor will let you know when he/she feels you are ready for your exams so you're not in the dark about whether your sign skills are advanced enough.
How do I access courses?
Once you have paid for your course, you'll be sent a course workbook in PDF format over email by your trainer.
Many students like to have this document visible on the screen or a printed hard- copy as it will include the vocabulary for the week. You may also like to make notes.
Online option: Your live BSL Sign sessions are on held on Zoom. A link and password will be sent to your email before the course. Use your link and password to enter the Zoom meeting, put the camera to "on", turn the mic to "mute" and open your "chatbox".
That's it, your all set up.
Will my trainer be deaf?
Our master trainer Richard is deaf/hard of hearing. Richard teaches all our Level 2 Courses and some Level 1.
Stephanie is a hearing teacher and mostly teaches on our Level 1 course. Steph is Richard's partner and so has lots of stories and a good understanding of deaf issues. She is studying her Level 3 and hopes to go on to become an interpreter.