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Language and Communication Science

An Introduction to Language Therapy in British Sign Language course

The course is designed for you to look at with work colleagues, so you can learn from each other as well as learn together.

Sharing ideas and knowledge is sometimes difficult when colleagues do not have the same preferred language, i.e., spoken English and signed BSL. The course gives information in written English and BSL, encouraging you to learn words and signs together so you can discuss and share your ideas.

Course modules

The UK modules are hosted by the UK Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Access the course

This course is also available in Spanish/LSE, Portuguese/LPG and Brazilian Portuguese/Libras.

Course structure

Download the course structure as a Word document

How to use the course

The course gives ideas about typical and atypical language development. It introduces a model for intervention. The ideas from the course should be used in a way that follows policies and guidelines from your team.

Before you start the course, discuss the course with colleagues and your manager. Make sure you have time set aside to look at the materials and discuss them. If you come up with new ideas or changes you would like to try in your workplace, consider how you will discuss this with your team.

Some people need more support with their learning, especially if lots of the topics are new. Make sure you identify people you can ask if you have questions. Some people have told us that the modules reminded them of things in their past that were difficult, for example not understanding colleagues or feeling you can’t trust your own skills. These may be topics that you need to discuss in your team or with your manager.

Watch 'How to use this course' presented in BSL.

Other languages

The DOTDeaf training we have developed is currently available in four language pairs: English/BSL, European Portuguese/LPG, Spanish/LSE, and Brazilian Portuguese/Libras. Here’s a video in written English with examples of all four signed languages:

For more information about the training available in Spain, Portugal and Brazil, please follow the links below.

Universidade Catolica Portuegesa logoCNSE Foundation logoComunidad de Madrid logo

The project teams are keen to support colleagues who would like to use our materials for adaptation and translation for use in other countries. We will list all adaptations/translations on this page. Please contact joanna.hoskin@city.ac.uk to discuss this.


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