An Introduction to BSL

British Sign Language was recognised by the UK Government as a language in it's own right in 2003. Did you know it is the preferred language for over 125,000 people in the UK? It is a rich and beautiful language comprising of hand gestures, facial expressions and body movements. Our Introduction to British Sign Language course will equip you with the very basic skills you will need to engage in every day conversation with a BSL user.

Course Curriculum

Our Introduction to British Sign Language courses can also be tailored to meet the specific needs of your organisation. However, as a general guide, topics will include:

  • Finger-spelling
  • Introductions
  • Food and Drink
  • Transport
  • Direction
  • Work – Roles
  • Numbers

Course Structure

  • 10 weeks x 1-hour sessions
  • 5 weeks x 2-hour sessions

To ensure participants gain the most from their training we would recommend a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 per class.

For more information or to book your training, please contact our Bookings Officer.

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Our Opening Times

If you would like to know more about
any of our services, please get in touch.

Manchester Deaf Centre,
Crawford House,
Booth Street East,
M13 9GH

09:00 – 17:00


0161 273 3415

Registered Charity Number: 1110373