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Deaf Awareness and Lip Reading

Would you like to learn more about D/deaf Awareness and the BSL alphabet, and gain some Lip Reading advice? This course offers the ideal introduction.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Community Learning
Adult and Community
Location: Ilkeston
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: Entry
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 6
Hours: 2.50
Start: Flexible

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Course Information for Students

This introductory course is for anyone wishing to improve their communication skills within the context of British Sign Language and Lip Reading.

All that is required is a willingness to have a go at communicating using BSL and to learn more about Lip Reading.

  • BSL alphabet – finder spelling
  • Greetings and leave taking
  • About D/deafness and the groups and support available
  • Lip Reading guidelines
  • How to repair a breakdown in communication
  • Pair and group activities
  • Interactive practice
  • Videos
  • Research activities


You just need an open mind and a willingness to practise a new way of communicating. 

No initial knowledge is required, but some ‘starting point’ questions will be discussed.  The teacher will give helpful feedback throughout the course. At the end of the course, you will have the chance to reflect on your learning and demonstrate your new skills.

You could progress to the Level 1 Certificate in British Sign Language (a national accredited certificate).

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

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Course Information Last Updated On: September 15, 2022 10:12 am