British Sign Language LEAP - British Sign Language Courses
ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-14
ULBS20011/12 - Introduction to British Sign Language (not open to external students)
- 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.
- Taught during: ULBS20011 (Semester 1); ULBS20012 (Semester 2). Please note ULBS20012 is a repeat of ULBS20021. In semester one, teaching will take place during reading week (week 6, w/c 29th October 2012).
- Description: 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.
- Transferable skills: Working in pairs, awareness of the non-hearing experience, enhanced linguistic and communicative awareness, appreciation of deaf culture.
- Teaching and learning methods: seminars, two hours per week.
- 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%
Nature and timing of feedback: Feedback will include a combination of:
informal ongoing feedback resulting class based learning activities;
formal written feedback will be given following final assessment;
Convenor: John Morley
Taught by: Sadia Grabham
Maximum entry: 15 per group
Set texts: None
Recommended texts: TBA
Pathway: None (please note ULBS20012 is a repeat of UBS20011)