Posted by: learnsignlanguage | February 3, 2011

Avon and Somerset police staff learn sign language

More than 40 Avon and Somerset police officers and members of staff have been taught basic sign language.

A force spokesman said they had learned phrases, directions and the alphabet to help them communicate with deaf people in east Somerset.

The training was conducted by British Sign Language tutors from the Centre for Deaf People in Bristol.

The spokesman said a further 39 staff had completed a three hour introduction to sign language.

Pc Matthew Shaw, from Chard Police Station, who took part in the course, said: “I have dealt with a couple of deaf victims and wanted to be able to communicate better with the deaf people I come into contact with.

“This session will really help and is something they should teach everywhere.”

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Posted by: learnsignlanguage | February 1, 2011

deaf culture

This gives quite an insight into deaf culture

Posted by: learnsignlanguage | January 30, 2011

children learning sign language

A great article here on why children need to learn sign language

Posted by: learnsignlanguage | January 29, 2011

Future of BSL

Found this article re the future of BSL in an inclusive Scotland

Posted by: learnsignlanguage | January 28, 2011

learning sign language as a baby

Learning sign language at an early age helps develop the brain in the critical early years of language development.

Infants take in and process information at a phenomenal rate. They learn to recognize faces, identify sounds, and interpret both intonation and spoken words in a few short months. Learning to interpret sign comes easily to them

Read more at Suite101: Sign Language for Babies: Teach Baby Sign Language

Posted by: learnsignlanguage | December 13, 2010

New website launched for young deaf people

The national deaf children’s society (NDCS) have launched a first website to be dedicated to all young deaf people who want more opportunities to meet other deaf people includes details of various events throughout the UK, stories about other deaf young people, latest news and reviews plus much much more.

Posted by: learnsignlanguage | December 12, 2010

one stop place for both ASL and BSL

Learn Sign Language is pleased to announce the launch of a unique membership site where you can learn both American Sign Language and/or British Sign Language….

Currently there is a 14 day trial period for only £0.99 so why not take a look?

For more information log onto

Good luck!


Posted by: learnsignlanguage | December 10, 2010

Support for deaf learners understanding terminology of driving test

Bedford College have been given funding from Bedford Charity in order to fund a course to support deaf learners in understanding the terminology that is used in the driving theory test.

The course will run over a timescale of 10 weeks and will be scheduled 3 times a year.

A DVD will be available free of charge to the wider deaf community.

Posted by: learnsignlanguage | December 8, 2010

colleges see 16% increase in study of sign language

While the number of college students studying Spanish, French and German increased only modestly from 2006 to 2009 enrollment in American Sign Language- the fourth most popular language- surged more than 16 percent, according to a new report from the Modern Language Association.

Sign language professors suggested various reasons for the rise. They said it reflected the growing acceptance of American Sign Language to meet college foreign-language requirements and its usefulness as an employment credential.

After a long debate about whether American Sign Language is a real language – and whether it qualifies as a foreign language- a few universities now offer a major or minor in it and many more accept sign language for their foreign language requirement.

More than 90,000 students enrolled in sign language classes last year compared with only 4305 in 1995.

More info take a look at

Posted by: learnsignlanguage | October 4, 2010

Simple grammar explanation of British Sign Language

When students initially decide to learn sign language sometimes a common error is thinking that British Sign Language (BSL) follows on the same grammatical and sentence structure of English.

When they are then faced by sentences such as “name you what?”, “live you where?” there is some confusion.

I remember thinking the exact same thing when I started to learn sign language over 18 years ago..surely if the sentence is “what is your name?” or “where do you live?” why don’t you sign exactly that!

British Sign Language uses a grammatical structure commonly described as a Topic Comment Structure. This basically means that the topic is stated first and then a comment about that topic is stated and explained afterwards- similiar to a lot of foreign spoken languages.

So far example when asking what your name is in BSL the sign “Name” comes first then the possessive of who that name belongs to (ie “Your”) and then a comment about it afterwards “What” is signed.

When question forms are signed you will often find them signed at the end of the sentence to enhance what you have said at the beginning.

As you practice BSL you will see this happening again and again and so after a while it becomes more natural.

There are many grammar rules in BSL of which this is only a tip off the iceberg….

For people who have ordered the British Sign Language Level 2 with Learn Sign Language Ltd there is a downloadable workbook that goes through in detail 5 different grammar rules of BSL

Happy signing!

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