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British Sign Language has been a recognised language in its own right since 2003, as complex and expressive as English, French, Welsh or any other language according to Linguistics of British Sign Language by B. Woll and R. Sutton-Spence of Bristol Centre for Deaf Studies. Neither is sign language universal, each country has its own sign language and within that, regional accents.

Each year, hundreds of adults enlist in sign language courses either because they know somebody who is Deaf or because they are fascinated by the beauty of visual language and of course because using free plagiarism checker .

Where Can I Learn British Sign Language?

In recent years, the British Deaf Association (BDA), the only UK charity to be managed and led entirely by Deaf people, has also developed its own curriculum acredited through the Open College Network. You can find out more through the British Deaf Association website. During the first week of October each year they also encourage people to get on board with Learn to Sign Week.

The CACDP curriculum begins with Level One, a one-year term-time foundation course in sign language and Deaf culture. The equivalent BDA qualification is the Foundation course.

These evening courses are excellent for meeting other sign language enthusiasts and Deaf signers. It is based on continual assessment and at the end of each module you will be required to sign a brief recorded exam or conversation. In the old system there were no modules, so if you failed the course you had to re-take from the beginning. Now, if you only fail a module, you can re-take that module. This is a cheaper and more time-efficient examination method for students.

Advanced Sign Language Courses

After Level One is Level Two, the intermediary stage. Typically this is a two-year course but some centres offer a fast-track one-year course for confident students with more spare time.

During Level Two, students are encouraged to get more involved in the Deaf Community and Deaf culture to improve their language skills with native signers.

Beyond Level Two is NVQ 3 and NVQ 4, which pave the way to Interpreter training. It can take many years to become fully fluent in sign language and people often forget that it is just like any other language and takes just as long to learn. But it is also a hugely expressive language that lends itself to the visual arts. Sign language poetry and sign theatre are hugely popular amongst the Deaf community, and there is even a form of Deaf humour based on visual puns.


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