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  • British Sign Language

    A 6-week evening taster course for students.

    Dates: Week 3, Tuesday 4th February 2020 for 6 weeks.

    How to book

    Bookings are closed


    This taster course offers students the opportunity to establish underpinning knowledge and understanding of British Sign Language and to develop fundamental deaf awareness.

    With an estimated 125,000 deaf adults and up to 20,000 children using BSL in the UK, this will give you a useful additional workplace skill, helping you to understand and communicate with deaf clients, customers or colleagues across all sectors. 

    This course will cover the following elements:

    • BSL alphabet and numbers
    • General conversation vocabulary including core topics such as family
    • Deaf awareness and culture 

    The sessions will be fun and practical to create interactive learning. As this is a taster course there will be no final examination but students can request a certificate of attendance on completion of the course. 


    The course will consist of six 2-hour sessions. It will take place on Headington Campus on Tuesdays, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, starting 8th October 2019.

    The full cost of the course is £40.

    Please note that this course is open to current students at Oxford Brookes only and eligibility will be verified via student number.

    Course Leader

    Your tutor will be either Wendy Hunter or Kate Howes.

    Wendy Hunter - Wendy has worked as a qualified Communication Support Worker for over 10 years and supports deaf and hearing impaired students in colleges in Oxford and around the county. She is experienced in teaching BSL to families who have deaf children through involvement in the Sign Up Project. She holds a level 3 qualification in British Sign Language.

    Kate Howes - Kate is a very experienced BSL user and has worked to support Deaf children and Young people for 20 years. She has her level 6 qualification and is currently completing her interpreter qualification.  She has taught the Level 1 course and is currently teaching 10 week taster courses for Oxford Adult Learning at Abingdon and Witney College.

    Comments from previous participants

    “Will definitely recommend this to other students if it is run again.  Really enjoyed the course”            

    “Do it! Great fun and unbelievable value for money.”