BSL-90006 - British Sign Language 6
Coordinator: Andrew Rowe
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





BSL 5 or equivalent.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

BSL is the preferred language of nearly 90,000 people in the UK and is used by over 150,000, and it has been recognized as an official minority language by the government since 2003. Knowledge of BSL is an extremely useful in a number of careers, including education, health and social services, as well as being a rewarding skill to learn.
This is Keele's most advanced BSL module and prepares student to take the Signature Level 2 examination.

This module aims to build on the skills acquired through the previous 5 BSL modules (or equivalent study), and further develop receptive, productive, and interpreting skills in BSL. Students will participate in a variety of more complex exchanges in BSL and will have the opportunity to use extended BSL in a range of everyday, work, and social situations. The module will also introduce some regional variations in BSL and some interpreting and mediation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Recognize and analyze complex exchanges in BSL in a range of academic, professional, and social situations.: 2,3
Use and apply complex exchanges in BSL in a range of academic, professional, and social situations.: 3
Identify and demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the structure and function of BSL.: 1,2,3
Recognize and analyze some regional variations in BSL.: 2
Assess and apply an advanced understanding of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture.: 1,2,3

Study hours

22 hours contact teaching
98 hours class preparation, revision, and private study.
15 hours preparation and completion of Learner Journal.
15 hours preparation for and attendance at Practical/Oral Exam.

School Rules

Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment form
Students can only take one BSL language module per semester.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Online Tasks weighted 25%
Learner Journal
Learner Journal of approximately 1300 words allowing students to reflect on specific aspects of deaf culture, including a contrastive language analysis.

2: Competence weighted 25%
Receptive Task
Receptive task: students will watch a video clip played and signed in BSL, they will be able to take notes, and then they will have to answer several multiple-choice questions related to the video.

3: Practical Exam weighted 50%
Oral Exam in receptive and productive skills.
Students will give a 4-5 minute individual presentation, using BSL, and engage in a 6-10 minute conversation about the presentation.