Foreign and English Language

Foreign and English Language

All our courses are now aligned to the Common European Framework for Languages, which defines levels from Beginners A1-A2, to Intermediate B1-B2 and Proficiency C1-C2As a result, we have new course names and have added more levels to some of the languages.

Here are the new course names together with the old levels in case you have studied with us before:

Previous course names

New course names

Stage 1 

Beginners A1 

Stage 2 

Post Beginners A2 

Stage 3 

Improvers A2+ 

Stage 4 

Lower Intermediate B1 

Stage 5 

Intermediate B1+ 

 

Upper Intermediate B2

 

Language and Culture B2 

 

Advanced C1 

For more information on our language levels, please view the Language course descriptions page .If you would like to know your level according to the Common European Framework please see reefer to the Self assessment grid or assess your level online:

 

 

British Sign Language

British Sign Language Course Structure

Unit 1

(20 hours)

This course is recommended for absolute beginners who have had very little or no contact with British Sign Language before.

Course aims:

  • Develop Deaf awareness skills;
  • Introduce basic, familiar everyday expressions;
  • Become familiar with the basics of fingerspelling.

 

Unit 2

(20 hours)

This course is recommended for learners who have completed Unit 1 or studied a minimum of 20 hours in the language.

Course aims:

  • Introduce basic, familiar everyday expressions and very simple;
  • Develop basic productive and receptive skills;
  • Introduce a limited range of basic signs;
  • Become familiar with additional signing components (fingerspelling, signing space, placement and facial expressions).

 

Unit 3

(20 hours)

This course is recommended for learners who have completed Unit 2 or studied a minimum of 40 hours in the language.

Course aims:

  • Further your knowledge of basic, familiar everyday expressions and simple phrases to satisfy specific needs;
  • Develop productive and receptive skills;
  • Expand your range of basic signs;
  • Develop the use of additional signing and non-manual components (fingerspelling, signing space, placement and facial expressions).

 

Unit 4 Conversation class

(20 hours)

This course is recommended for learners who have completed Unit 3 or studied a minimum of 60 hours in the language.

Course aims:

  • Practise your knowledge of basic, familiar everyday expressions and simple phrases to satisfy specific needs;
  • Further develop productive and receptive skills;
  • Expand your range of signs;
  • Develop communication tactics and non-manual components (fingerspelling, signing space, placement and facial expressions).