Learn the BSL Basics

If you don’t have time to commit to a full Level 1 course right now or just want to learn the basics, we can offer short introductory courses.

These courses are run at our venues in Guildford or Woking or alternatively if you are a group or an organisation and you have a venue to host the training we can come to you (subject to Covid restrictions). We also run this course online using Zoom which is very suitable for organisations working remotely.

The ‘Introduction to Sign Language’ (Unit 101 of BSL Level 1) is perfect for workplaces, community organisations or groups of friends; we will tailor the course to your needs.

The cost is dependent on location and size of group. Contact us for more information and a quote.

Our next ‘Introduction to BSL’ (Unit 101) course will run face to face in Guildford.

The course dates to be confirmed.

Day & Time: TBC

Venue: United Reformed Church, 83 Portsmouth Road,  GU2 4BS 

Online classes on Zoom if we cannot use a physical venue due to Covid restrictions

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£160 (including £25 Signature assessment fee)

Full payment or first instalment due two weeks prior to the start of the course in order to secure your place.

If you wish to pay in instalments, please complete the instalment plan form below and return to us.

Unit 101_Instal plan  2021

Unit 101 Signature Specification

N.B – there is a £10 admin fee for payment via instalment plan

What next?

Students can join the first unit of the Level 1 course and take 1 assessment – Signature BSL101 or they can then stop or choose to carry on and complete a full Level 1 qualification.

See our Level 1 page for full information.

An introductory course can be taught in 18-20 hours (e.g. 10 sessions of 2 hours), and there is the option to take the Signature BSL101 assessment for a recognised qualification.

We will cover everyday essentials – meeting and greeting, directions, Fingerspelling, numbers, days and months, travel, weather. We will introduce linguistics – how BSL uses a ‘topic-comment’ structure and how to construct a sentence, as well as explaining use of timelines and placement. We can also include some specialist vocabulary targeted at your workplace needs. For more information, please contact us.

Customised Training - An Example

Dot Sign Language have taught two 10 week BSL courses for the Government Department For International Development (DFID) in preparation for their Global Disability Summit. We have designed a customised course incorporating the vocabulary which their team needs, including discussion on humanitarian projects, sanitation and disease prevention.

This Spring Dot is teaching a short BSL course for The Recovery College in Frimley to help their team communicate with Deaf people attending their workshops. We have included vocabulary related to mental health and wellbeing.