Academic Year (Semester 1 and 2)
|Assessment Type||Unit of Assessment||Weighting %|
|Coursework||Integrated Skills Portfolio||60|
|School-Timetabled Sum. Examination/Test||In-Class Written Test||40|
This is a module of the Global Graduate Award in Languages programme. It is taught over 19 weeks in the autumn and spring semesters, two contact hours per week, and it introduces a visual, signed language which covers two core skills: reception (equivalent to listening and reading in MFL) and production (equivalent to speaking and writing in MFL). This module also offers an introduction to British Deaf Culture and the society in which BSL is used and aims to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication with Deaf BSL Users, and for work within the Deaf Community.
A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.
No previous knowledge of BSL required.
This module aims to introduce students to basic BSL. In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to:
- encourage students to develop basic communicative competence in the two core skills (receptive and productive)
- provide students with basic BSL vocabulary used in everyday communication
- give some insight into the British Deaf culture
In terms of cultural awareness, this module aims to encourage students to:
- take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints
- analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers
- reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour
- become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices
- communicate with others in culturally appropriate ways
In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to:
- encourage students to self-assess their progress
- support students in acquiring language learning strategies and techniques
- inspire independent learning and facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Interact in basic BSL in a range of familiar situations (K, T, P)
- Understand and interpret basic BSL in a limited range of situations and topics (C, K, P)
- Organise and present ideas on predictable topics (T, P)
- Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources (T, P)
- Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered (C, K)
- Demonstrate a degree of accuracy in their use of basic BSL (C, K)
- Produce individual hand shapes of BSL with a degree of accuracy (C, K)
- Identify and use BSL reference materials (T, P)
- Show cultural awareness by interacting in a culturally appropriate way for users of BSL (K, T, P)
Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
- social introductions
- personal details (age/family/where live/nationality/profession/basic physical description + character)
- counting/spelling/addresses/phone numbers/days/months/time
- expressing likes and dislikes/hobbies/daily routine
- basic transactions (shopping, café, buying tickets)
- weather, directions, transport
- conversations relating to college/study/course
- hand shapes
- signing space
- BSL structure and order
- non-manual features
- turn taking
- basic verbs
- directional verbs
- simple commands
- basic affirmation/negation
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and vocabulary through attending classes regularly;
- Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;
- Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;
- Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study;
- Develop communication skills through interactions in class.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2
- Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible.
- Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.
- Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.
Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
- their progress over the duration of the course;
- their growing ability to understand and produce BSL at post-beginner level;
- their increasing awareness of BSL culture and BSL community;
- the level of BSL they have achieved at the end of the course.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- An integrated skills portfolio of 6 coursework tasks, covering the two core skills of reception and production
- End-of-course in-class test, covering the two core skills of reception and production
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive written feedback and in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.
12 September 2016 by MARCHELAK M Mrs (Student Serv)