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  1. Hi! My name is Codie, I am 18 years old and I have started learning BSL. I am hoping to start university in September, where I will be moving from the countryside to the city to study a course which allows me to work with young children. In my work experience, I have come across children with a range of additional needs, including one boy who had never learned to speak, but was always listening and learning. Nobody in the school knew how to correctly communicate with him, meaning he was often subconsciously excluded by the other young children who found it difficult to be around him. Along with this, I work part time in retail and understand the importance of allowing people to be independent. Learning sign language would make my work place more accessible for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and increase the independence of some people in my area who find it difficult to be alone due to needing to communicate in non-verbal ways. Along with this, the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced me to leave school early and caused a lot of uncertainty. Learning this new skill is not only beneficial to other people, but also to myself, as it allows me to feel like I'm achieving something, even if it is only minor like learning one or two new signs. I'm excited to see how the rest of my learning goes and what else I can achieve, and to see how BSL helps my day to day life.
  2. Hi, my name is Julia. I'm a 43 year old 1:1 teaching assistant. I'm also a mum to 2 wonderful kids, 1 of which is diagnosed ASC and at a special school. About 3½ yrs ago I attended a signalong course to help my sons communication. I really enjoyed the course. I signed up for this during lockdown and thought it would be another great extension to my SEN story.
  3. I'm learning BSL for a few reasons honestly, most of which are for other people who I am likely to connect with due to my studies, but also, for myself. As a Primary Teaching Student I want to learn to sign in order to better communicate with the children, parents, carers, workers and so many others who I will inevitably connect with in the world of education. I hope that by learning i'll be a better teacher, and a better support network too. I'm also learning simply for the principle; I love languages and I was never offered BSL in school (big shocker), but I don't really understand why. It's an important language that deserves more, and should be much more common place. So one person at a time I suppose. Finally, I am diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, and when i'm at my worst (luckily not very often anymore) I can fall into short mute phases. My wife and I used to have a way of communicating by tapping and using colours to explain what I needed during those times, but it makes a lot more sense to use signs, and of course it benefits others as well as me to learn!
  4. I have always had a lot of problems with my hearing and know that one day it may not be here so I would love to learn how to sign properly while I am still young enough to take it in and get good practice at it! My 5 year old daughter is also having some hearing issues and I would like to be able to know how to sign and then be able to teach her if it comes to that point. I feel it is a fantastic language and it should be taught much more widely. I feel it is a language that is more important than the likes of French, Spanish and German and should be taught at school the same as these other languages are. These are my reasons for wanting to learn BSL 😊 Thanks for reading, Jemma
  5. I have no special story or reason for beginning to learn British sign language, It is just something that has always held my interest and has been an item on my bucket list for a while now. I am really enjoying learning this language, as other languages have been a huge struggle for me in the past😂 I can't wait to keep learning and eventually use this in day to day life.
  6. Hi there! My name is Paige, I am a nineteen year old student and I am currently learning BSL online during this corona virus lock down period. I would love to get the chance to practice and develop my skills alongside you through video calls where we can practice what we know and even discuss issues or new ways of learning BSL. I can be a little shy at first, so please excuse me if I am a little quiet. I am excited to begin this journey with you!
  7. I've always wanted to learn sign language and have plenty of time to do it now. I am a teacher in a mainstream school but aim to move towards SEN schools/units and think sign language would be really beneficial.
  8. Hi everyone, My name is Shelly and I am learning to sign and just wanted to drop in and say hi and hope everyone is doing ok. I have wanted to learn sign for a long time and thought what better opportunity than a lockdown lol. I am a married mom of 1 and have been learning by practising with my family. Thanks for reading!
  9. Hi. I am thinking about setting up a 8-10 week BSL programme to enable hearing people to use basic signs with Deaf signing users. What would you consider essential BSL signs. Think about. Nursery. Schools and super markets. Thank you x
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