First or preferred language of the majority of deaf people in the UK First or preferred language of the majority of deaf people in the UK

British Sign Language is the sign language used in the UK. It is the preferred language of over 87,000 Deaf people in the UK for whom English may be a second or third language. (Source BDA).

The language makes use of space and involves movement of the hands, body, face and head. Many thousands of people who are not deaf also use BSL, as hearing relatives of deaf people, sign language interpreters or as a result of other contact with the British deaf community.

BSL Beginners 1 class: This class is suitable for people with no prior knowledge of the language and who would like to interact with friends and family with hearing difficulties. The class covers conversational BSL and Deaf Awareness in some depth. At the end of this class students will be able to produce and understand basic signs used in every-day social interactions, as well as have an understanding of Deaf etiquette and Culture. This knowledge would provide a good springboard into Level 1 (taught as a day class) and beyond.

British Sign Language