Module code: BSLL002

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

SALLER C Ms (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



Global Graduate Award

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BSL Stage1 or equivalent is required.

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.

Module aims

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

Attributes Developed
Interact in basic BSL in a range of familiar situations KPT
Understand and interpret basic BSL in a range of familiar situations and topics KCP
Organise and present ideas on familiar topics PT
Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources PT
Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered KC
Demonstrate a degree of accuracy in their use of basic BSL KC
Produce clear hand shapes in BSL with a degree of accuracy KC
Identify and use BSL reference materials PT
Show cultural awareness by interacting in a culturally appropriate way for users of BSL KPT

Attributes Developed

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



hand shape


signing space


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


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.