ULBS20021/22 - Introduction to British Sign Language - Part 2

This course is not open to external students.

Please note: Regrettably and due to Covid 19 we are unable to offer the British Sign Language modules in the 2021 academic year. We hope we will be able to bring them back for 2021/22. The information on these pages is for illustration purposes only.

  • Credits: 10
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: ULBS20011, Introduction to British Sign Language part 1 or equivalent. This course is not open to members of the public or students without credits.
  • Co-requisite: Due to the nature of this course there is a very strict (100%) attendance policy.
  • Taught during: semester 1 (ULBS20021) or semester 2 (ULBS20022)
  • Timetable: Timetable for this course


This course unit is for students who have successfully completed British Sign Language Part 1. In Part 2, students continue to develop their ability to communicate with Deaf people in a range of familiar and work-related contexts. Students will further develop their knowledge of signs, fingerspelling, phrases and grammatical structures. They will gain further practice in signing, so that they are able to participate in everyday communicative situations with members of the Deaf community.

The course may be of particular value for students seeking a career in health or education, or for those who have contact with deaf people through work, friends or family. It may also be of intrinsic interest to linguists. After completion of the unit, there is an optional opportunity for students to take Signature BSL level 1 to gain a national accreditation. However, for this students will need to make their own arrangements and payment for examination with Manchester Deaf Centre.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. understand the meaning of frequently-used signs;
  2. use frequently-used signs for communicative purposes;
  3. know more about and better appreciate Deaf culture;
  4. demonstrate an increased awareness of the difficulties and issues faced by Deaf people in the workplace;
  5. identify linguistic patterns within BSL;
  6. communicate complex ideas via a simple set of communicative tools (signs).

Transferable skills

Working in pairs, greater awareness of the non-hearing experience, enhanced linguistic and communicative awareness, show an appreciation of deaf culture.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, two hours per week.


  • Independent project: 1,000 words project (hand-in week 8), 30% - A reflective report about learning and using BSL within the deaf community
  • Comprehension (week 9): 30%: two signed BSL stories (multiple-choice questions).
  • Presentation (weeks 11): 20%. 4-5 minutes (topic choice).
  • Conversation (week 12): 20%. 6-7 minutes (topic choice).

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of informal ongoing feedback resulting from class based learning activities and formal written feedback given following final assessment.


Justyna Drobnik-Rogers

Taught by

Dipti Patel

Maximum entry

15 per group

Set texts

There is no set text for this course. However, students use a free online resource. Here the signs are demonstrated by very experienced users and teachers of British Sign Language by moving pictures that clearly show the method of signing, plus a detailed description.

Recommended texts

  • The Linguistics of British Sign Language: An Introduction. Rachel Sutton-Spence and Bencie Woll. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521637183