“Learning BSL is no different to learning any other language, except this one enables you to communicate with people in your own community.”
Did You Know?
1 in 6 of the UK adult population is affected by hearing loss.
About 900,000 people are severely or profoundly deaf.
Deafness is the third most common disability in the world but you probably wouldn’t spot a Deaf person in a crowd
Deaf people are more likely to have poor mental health – up to 50%, compared to 25% for the general population.
There are at least 50,000 children who are deaf in the UK.
9 in every ten deaf children are born to hearing parents, but only 1 in 10 of those parents will learn sign language to be able to communicate fully with their son or daughter
Speaking louder does not work.
Even the best lip-readers only catch less than half of the words said to them, natural facial expressions and hand gestures can really help
BSL isn’t simply English with hand signs, it is a different language with its own grammar and sentence construction
You might assume that sign language across the world is the same – but actually British Sign Language is totally different to other sign languages such as American Sign Language or Japanese Sign Language
There are even regional variations of BSL.
Reasons to Learn British Sign Language
Sign language helps to bring people together
You can make new deaf friends
Hearing parents can communicate with deaf children
You can communicate underwater
You can communicate across the room without having to shout
You can become bilingual
It opens up new employment possibilities
You can make new friends with a common interest
Learning sign language can give you confidence
Sign language is beautiful
Sign up to one of our British Sign Language courses today.
Our Basic classes are a perfect way to get started, learn some simple sign language, and decide if you want to continue on to accredited learning. It includes a certificate of completion.