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British Sign Language Unit 4 Conversation Class ADED11960E

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 5
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

If you have completed 60 learning hours in British Sign Language, this course will allow you to practise and develop your basic communication skills, using a wider variety of signs to exchange information on a range of everyday situations. As well as revising some previously covered signs, the mainly practical nature of the course will help you develop your fingerspelling accuracy and your confidence in the use of other elements of British Sign Language, such as hand shapes, location and orientation, placement, signing space and facial expressions.


Blocks 1, 2 and 3: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry

British Sign Language Unit 3 or 60 learning hours in BSL

Excluded Courses





Practical skills task (typically 5-6 minutes) evaluating students' competence in productive and receptive skills in the language. 

Course Aims

This course aims to: 

■ Provide opportunities to practise basic, familiar everyday expressions and simple phrases to satisfy specific needs;

■ Further develop productive and receptive skills;

■ Expand learners' range of basic signs;

■ Develop communication tactics and non-manual components.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ Communicate fluently using simple phrases and sentences to ask and answer questions in areas of specific need or familiar topics;

■ Recognise and use a wider range of familiar signs and basic phrases concerning personal information and immediate needs;

■ Identify and use signing space, placement, body language and facial expressions with more accuracy.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit 100% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.