British Sign Language

ISS is an approved training centre with 'Signature' the nationally recognised governing body.

British Sign Language (BSL) is the first or preferred language of an estimated 70,000 Deaf people in the UK.           In March 2003, BSL was recognised by the Government as a language in its own right.

British Sign Language level 1 is divided into a three unit course designed to enable students to develop their communication skills in order to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use.

BSL level 1 is the starting point for those wanting to be bilingual, diversify their career options or simply gain unique communication skills.

To become fully accredited and achieve the qualification, candidates are required to pass all three units.

The specification has been designed to be consistent with the National Language Standards at Level 1.

BSL level 2 is designed to enable students to develop their ability to communicate with Deaf people using (BSL) in a range of familiar contexts, participating in longer and more open-ended exchanges than at Level 1.

The course will develop functional communication in BSL about a range of real life, routine, and daily experiences. The student will be able to deal with most routine language tasks and have sufficient grasp of grammar to cope with some non-routine tasks.

Learners will be taught a number of regional variations in sign language.

The specification has been designed to be consistent with the National Language Standards at Level 2.

If you are interested in learning either  BSL 1 or BSL 2, or have any other enquiries, please email office@islandsupportservices.org or call 01983 551321

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