Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
English and Languages
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
Module Co-ordinator:
SALLER C Ms (Eng & Lang)
ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Academic Year (Semester 1 and 2)

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkIntegrative Skills Portfolio60
School-Timetabled Sum. Examination/TestIn-Class Tests In Productive And Receptive Skills40

Module Overview

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 covers the 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.


BSL Stage1 or equivalent is required.

Module Aims

This module is aimed at learners at a post-beginners level and builds on their basic knowledge of BSL.  In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to:

  • encourage students to further develop their communicative competence in the two core skills (receptive and productive)
  • increase the BSL vocabulary that the students developed in Stage 1
  • develop an understanding of the grammatical structures within BSL
  • give further insight into the British Deaf culture and the issues that affect Deaf people


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

Learning Outcomes

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 range of familiar situations and topics  (C, K, P)
  • Organise and present ideas on familiar 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 clear hand shapes in 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

Module Content

Indicative content includes:

Topic areas

  • Meeting people, friends, family, colleagues, informal & formal
  • Daily routine in work/college also non-routine experiences
  • Hobbies, sports, interests & activities
  • Travel and holidays
  • Conversations using time lines, past, present, future
  • Simple discussions, asking for and giving opinions e.g. on news events


  • fingerspelling
  • hand shape
  • flow/pace
  • signing space
  • placement
  • BSL structure and order
  • non-manual features
  • time lines
  • turn taking
  • types of verbs
  • simple commands
  • questions types
  • basic affirmation/negation
  • role shift

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.

Assessment Strategy

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.

Reading List


Last Updated

08 August 2016 by MARCHELAK M Mrs (Student Serv)