British Sign Language Studies Level 1

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Credits

20

Module code

LB10001

  • Level 1
  • Year long
  • Languages - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%

Description

This new module will be delivered in three parts with the aim to:

  1. Unit 1 - equip learners with some useful BSL skills so that they can communicate with other BSL users.  A variety of learning methods are involved, including conversations, role-plays, tutorials and DVD work to help with learner's understanding of BSL (sign reception), and ability to use BSL (sign production).
  2. Unit 2 - build on the signs the learner has studied in Unit 1A2 but further expands the learner's vocabulary.  It introduces the language function and grammar of BSL such as placement, use of verbs and phrases, non-manual features, sign order, handshapes, direction, orientation, signing space and fluency.  Topics include people and personal information, issues and events, descriptions using numbers, using the calendar and expressing attitude, opinions, likes and dislikes.
  3. Unit 3 - continue with the language function and grammar of BSL; further expand the range of vocabulary to include topics such as describing day-to-day activities of self and others, food and drink, asking for an giving simple directions.

The ability to hold a general conversation with other BSL users and be able to take part and follow simple, predictable conversations in BSL as well as be able to understand and make requests in BSL.

By the end of the module students should be able to hold a general conversation with other BSL users and to take part and follow simple, predictable conversations in BSL as well as be able to understand and make requests in BSL.

Convenor

Elizabeth Adam from Tayside Deaf Hub

Teaching

This new module will be taught by 60 contact hours (with a notional input of 200 hours of student effort) including face-to-face contact hours with class tutor, group and pair work, supported by self-study. There will be one Saturday session on campus of 4 hours in Semester 1 and a further Saturday session on campus of 4 hours in Semester 2.

Assessment

This module is 100% Coursework which includes three main assessments:

  • Unit 1 - Receptive Skills Assessment
  • Unit 2 - Two-part role play with teacher-assessor
  • Unit 3 - Pre-arranged conversation with the teacher-assessor demonstrating productive and receptive skills

Module Aims

The aims of the module is to understand BSL (sign reception), with the ability to use BSL (sign production). Various topics will include meeting people, work, school and/or college, using numbers, weather, instructions and directions, opinions and ideas. We will use language functions and grammar of BSL such as placement, use of verbs and phrases, non-manual features, sign order, handshapes, direction, orientation, signing space and fluency. Topics will include people and personal information, issues and events descriptions using numbers, using the calendar and expressing attitudes, opinions, likes and dislikes. Vocabulary will include topics such as describing day-to-day activities of self and others, food and drink, asking for and giving simple directions.

Intended learning outcomes

Students should be able to:

  • Extract information, simple ideas and opinions in BSL.
  • Provide simple, prepared statements or descriptions in BSL of personal, social or work-related facts.
  • Express everyday emotions and preferences, using a limited range of set phrases.
  • Provide a simple narration links to the calendar.
  • Take part and follow simple, predictable conversations in British Sign Language.
  • Understand and make requests in BSL.