LA1PB2-IWLP British Sign Language 2

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: LA1PB1 IWLP British Sign Language 1
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Ugo Marsili


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to enable students to develop their skills in communicating with Deaf people using British Sign Language (BSL) in a range of everyday situations. It will build on what the students have learnt from Stage 1 [LA1PB1 module] and will continue the development of the two key skills of signing (in lieu of speaking) and understanding (in lieu of listening).

This course is aimed at students who have some basic knowledge of BSL – equivalent to Stage 1. On successful completion of the course students will have achieved CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level A2/A2+

This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.  Reading University allows students from any year to take this module.

Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non- routine. In the context of British Sign Language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for understanding and practising signing, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected occurrences.  Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills.  They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations.

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups.  Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking.  For languages where handwriting is assessed, computers are not allowed. For queries, contact


The module aims at providing students with:

  • the ability to participate in longer and more varied conversations with Deaf people either in public places or at Deaf centres for a short period of time;

  • a more in-depth understanding of the nature of language and language learning;

  • enough understanding of grammar to cope with some non-routine communication

  • introduction to linguistics of BSL

  • exposure to BSL regional variations

  • further study of Deaf culture including an introduction to Deafhood

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • communicate in BSL by signing at a basic to intermediate level

  • understand signed dialogue on familiar, everyday matters as well as non-routine matters

  • obtain specific details in general from deaf people signing in filmed clips,

  • apply a wider range of grammatical structure variations

  • make appropriate use of the BSL dictionaries

  • enhance own understanding of Deaf culture and Deafhood with BSL language development and regional variations

Additional outcomes:

Students will be involved in regular group activities and role playing to develop signing skills. They will make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to Deaf culture and a basic understanding of the history of sign language. 

Outline content:

Students will learn:-

  • to give, request and understand personal information;

  •  to express and understand simple opinions;

  •  forms of address, greeting and leave-taking;

  • to make simple arrangements and transactions on a practical level. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The course provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work and role playing, and include the study of short signed clips, oral development work and receptive comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media such as filmed clips and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 27 30 3
Guided independent study 53 60 27
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 25
Oral assessment and presentation 40
Class test administered by School 35

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Number and length of final examinations:

Summer term: Final written exam (Writing) – 25% (1 hour)

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Number and length of assignments and in-class tests, and submission date for each assignment (expressed as a week of a specific Term):

Autumn term week 10 – Foundation test 15% (1 hour)

Spring term week 11 – In-class test – Listening 20% (1 hour)

Summer term week 2 – Oral exam – 40% (15 minutes)

Formative assessment methods:

In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided. 

Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

40% overall for UG students, 50% overall for PGT students. 

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit in August/September examinations period on basis of examination only (relative percentages: oral examination 60%, written paper 40%.) 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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