Sign Language Exam Success

A Teaching Assistant at Sir John Talbot’s School has taken the first step to becoming fully proficient in British Sign Language after earning top marks in her Level 1 exam. Rebecca Jones who works with hearing impaired students at the school spotted a six week taster for sign language which quickly evolved into a six month course followed by an exam, in which she dropped only a single mark.

The exam at the end of the Level 1 course was paid for by the school who are fully behind Miss Jones’s training; both Miss Jones herself and the school feel it is vital to be able to help and support those with hearing impairments in different ways and that raising awareness and understanding about the issue of hearing impairment is of great importance.

British Sign Language (BSL) was recognised by the government as a language in its own right back in 2003 and is now the first or preferred language of over 70,000 individuals in the UK. According to BSL’s website, it is a ‘visual-gestural language, with its own grammar and principles, which are completely different from the grammatical structure of English’.

Miss Jones has enjoyed every minute of her journey so far, saying, “I absolutely love it. I believe that if this can help us communicate with even one child, parent or visitor to the school then it has been more than worth it.” She also noted that “not all deaf people are able to sign, so it is important to have the skills to help and support individuals in many different ways.”

Miss Jones is set to continue the course in September for Levels 2 and 3.


Posted by marchesadmin on 28th April 2016, under Uncategorized

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