The interest in British Sign Language (BSL) has blossomed, with the success of Rose Ayling- Ellis winning Strictly come dancing and the success of the Oscar winning film CODA. British Sign Language has now officially become part of the curriculum for teaching in Wales. All these factors illustrate that there is increased realisation that having a basic knowledge of BSL can be an especially useful skill.

The POA WULF project has arranged for the provision of a series of three-hour online BSL taster sessions to be delivered by the deaf studies team at Llandrillo college.

If you are interested in BSL and would like to find out a little more about the topic then this is a great opportunity, there is no commitment other than the three hours the session takes, and if you find that the taster session has ignited an interest then we can discuss with you the options we have to support you in developing those skills further, if you so choose.

The session will be repeated on six separate occasions throughout the month of March, to allow as many options as possible, for interested individuals to choose a session that is most convenient for them to attend

Friday1st March 20240930 – 1230
Wednesday 6h March 20241400 – 1700
Tuesday12th March 20240930 – 1230
Thursday14th March 20241400 – 1700
Wednesday20th March 20241400 – 1700
Friday22nd March 20240930 – 1230

British Sign Language:

The project can support individuals wishing to learn British Sign Language:

Premier BSL have developed this online level 1 course, that allows the student to follow their interest.

The course is a creative and innovative option opening access to everyone who wants to learn BSL. This full Level 1 course provides hundreds of bite-sized video tutorials covering the 60 hours of study required to cover the whole Level 1 syllabus.

If you want to get more details, then you can even sample the course before committing to enrolment.

If you follow this hyperlink, it will lead you to the

 PremierBSL – Deaf Friendly Ltd. (

On the homepage you will notice an option to, “See the demo” this will give you a flavour of the course and how it is delivered.

People choose to learn British Sign Language for a variety of reasons, some because they have deaf or hard of hearing friends or relatives and want to be able to communicate more effectively. Others because they work with deaf children or adults and recognise just how important BSL is in their lives. Whatever the reason, even if it is because it’s something of personal interest and you would like to give it a try.

The project can fund your course cost, your commitment would be that you complete the learning. There is no requirement to take a formal exam, but if having studied the course, you decide that you would like to take the level 1 exam, then we can help with funding that for you.

Whilst learning online offers advantages, as it can be done at any time, and there is no requirement to travel to a college or other venue, it is not without its drawbacks. It requires you to be self-motivated and able to have the self-discipline to set yourself a study regime that sees you progress. As there is no timeframe for your learning, it can be easy to push the learning to one side to accommodate the other things that you need and like to do.

Benefits of the online learning course include:

·                 24/7 access 365 days a year.

·                 Learn to put signs into conversation.

·                 Includes access to a huge library of BSL videos.

·                 Expert tutor with over 20 years’ experience.

Not everyone is suited to learning online and there are advantages to learning face-to-face that should be considered. However, if it is something that you have always wanted to learn, but finding an opportunity that fits in with the demands of your existing work life balance has proved difficult, then this may be an option for you to contemplate.

Sarah Lawrence, your tutor has taken literally hundreds of students through BSL Level 1 and has been teaching for more than 25 years, and is known for her passion for the language, and has worked extensively as a television and document translator. Sarah specialises in teaching the South Wales regional dialect, teaching at a local college as well as running her own BSL courses from Level 1 to Level 6. Although there are regional dialect differences between north and south Wales, they are not substantial, which means that this online course is suitable for anyone who wishes to enrol.

If you decide that you would like to pursue your interest, then once we have processed your application you can get started right away.

Your registration provides you with up to one year of access to the course materials, and upon completion of the online course, you have the option to sit an exam, which if you pass, will provide you with a level 1 qualification.

The project will pay for your course. However, as our funding comes from the Welsh Government and we must ensure that it is wisely used, we will ask all enrolling on to the course to enter a formal learning agreement, in which they commit to complete the learning, and accept that failure to do so without agreement from the project manager, would see them become personally liable for the incurred costs.

If you wish to enrol or for further information, please send you personal details to [email protected]

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