BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE STAGE 1 - 2020/1
Module code: BSLL001
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.
School of Literature and Languages
MARLEY Dawn (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: Global Graduate Award
JACs code: Q160
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 112
Lecture Hours: 38
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
No previous knowledge of BSL required.
Indicative content includes:
personal details (age/family/where live/nationality/profession/basic physical description + character)
expressing likes and dislikes/hobbies/daily routine
basic transactions (shopping, café, buying tickets)
weather, directions, transport
conversations relating to college/study/course
BSL structure and order
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||IN-CLASS ASSESSMENT 1||20|
|Coursework||IN-CLASS ASSESSMENT 2||20|
|Coursework||IN-CLASS ASSESSMENT 3||30|
|Coursework||IN-CLASS ASSESSMENT 4||30|
A timed assessment covering the relevant skills, to be completed under exam conditions, or online.
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:
Four in-class assessments, covering the two core skills of reception and production. Assessments 1 and 2 to be held at the end of Semester 1; Assessment 3 before the Spring Break and Assessment 4 at the end of Semester 2.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive in-class feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.
- 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
|1||Interact in basic BSL in a range of familiar situations||KPT|
|2||Understand and interpret basic BSL in a limited range of situations and topics||KCP|
|3||Organise and present ideas on predictable topics||PT|
|4||Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources||PT|
|5||Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered||KC|
|6||Demonstrate a degree of accuracy in their use of basic BSL||KC|
|7||Produce individual hand shapes of BSL with a degree of accuracy||KC|
|8||Identify and use BSL reference materials||PT|
|9||Show cultural awareness by interacting in a culturally appropriate way for users of BSL||KPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
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.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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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 2020/1 academic year.