BSL_Presentation - Going Places with Languages

• Raise deaf awareness in order to break
down barriers between the deaf &
hearing community
• Promote the use of British Sign
Language (BSL), as a form of
communication with deaf people
Deaf awareness
Introduction to BSL
Group work
Questions & answers
Age related
Exposure to loud noise
Viral infections
Perforated (damaged) eardrum
Multiple sclerosis
National Health Service (NHS) (2011) Hearing impairment (deafness) - Causes. [online]. United Kingdom: NHS. [Accessed 1
June 2013]. Available at:
Mild deafness
25 to 39dB
Moderate deafness
40 to 69dB
Severe deafness
70 to 89dB
Profound deafness
90dB or more
National Health Service (NHS) (2011) Symptoms of hearing impairment. [online]. United Kingdom: NHS. [Accessed
30 May 2013]. Available at:
Hearing aids
Cochlear implant
Deaf person has your attention
Look away while speaking
Your face is in good light
Over exaggerate lip pattern
Make eye contact
Shout, talk too slow or too fast
Speak clearly & natural
Stand near window or bright light
Keep your mouth visible
All speak at once
Check deaf person understands
Change topic without warning
Use pencil & paper if stuck
Feel embarrassed or give up
Deaf First(2013) Good communication tips. [online]. London: Oak Lodge School. [Accessed 1 June 2013]. Available at:
Visual & gestural communication for deaf people
Has its own grammatical structure & syntax
Became a recognised language in (March) 2003
Is used by 50,000-70,000 people in the UK
Has regional variation
Is not a universal language (2013) What is British sign language?. [online]. Guernsey: [Accessed 28 May 2013].
Available at:

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