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, and is the first or preferred language of the majority of deaf people in the UK; there are 125,000 deaf adults in the UK who use BSL plus an estimated 20,000 children.

In 2011 15,000 people, living in England and Wales, reported themselves using BSL as their main language. 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. This knowledge would provide a good springboard into Level 1 (taught as a day class) and beyond.

British Sign Language