What is the British Sign Language Project?
In Michaelmas 2018, nearly 200 students registered their interest in learning British Sign Language (BSL) at Oxford. In response to this, Oxford SU Disabilities Campaign (DisCam) ran some informal sessions, but many people felt that they would prefer to learn from a professional instructor. DisCam contaced an instructor who runs termly BSL courses at Oxford Brookes and arranged for them to run a similar six-week course for Oxford students. This course will begin in 2nd week of Michaelmas term 2019, teaching BSL for beginners, as well as an overview of Deaf history and culture so that students can appreciate the significance of BSL to the Deaf community in the UK.
When does it start, and how can I get involved?
The course will start at the beginning of MT19, and we'll confirm a specific day and time very soon. There will be 20 places in total, and sign-ups will open towards the end of the summer.
We will also be looking for 2-3 people to form a BSL subcommittee, working with DisCam's Campaign and Advocacy Officers to run the project. You don't need to have any BSL experience, or to identify as D/deaf, hard of hearing or disabled in order to apply.
Where is the course happening?
Sessions will take place at Oxford SU, which has step-free access throughout and an accessible toilet. Water is available, and a portable hearing loop is available on request.
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