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Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
British Sign Language - semester two

Unit code ULBS20012
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by University Language Centre
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course is for learners who have no previous knowledge of British Sign Language. It aims to give students a basic knowledge of signs so that they are able to participate in simple everyday communicative situations. The course may be of particular value for students seeking a career in health or education, or for those who have contact with deaf people through work, friends or family. It may also be of intrinsic interest to linguists. The course does not lead to a formal vocational qualification, but students who successfully complete this course may register with the Manchester Deaf Centre to take the Signature 101 (note that this is optional; it is an external examination which will incur a fee and will not replace the assessment of this course).



Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will: 1) be able to understand short, simple messages in BSL; 2) be able to make themselves understood using BSL in simple, routine situations 3) demonstrate an ability to use a basic vocabulary and a simple grammar; 4) be aware of current issues related to the deaf community.

By the end of the course, students should be able to communicate at a level equivalent to Level A1 of the Common European Framework.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, two hours per week

Assessment methods

* Independent project 750 words: 20% (a reflective report about learning and using BSL within the deaf community)
* Presentation (weeks 9/10): 25%
* Comprehension (week 11): 25%
* Practical interactive tasks (week 12): 30%

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment practical exam 2
Seminars 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Additional notes


Credits: 10
Level: 2
Pre-requisite: None. This course is not open to members of the public or students without credits.
Co-requisite: Due to the nature of this course there is a very strict (100%) attendance policy.


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