COMMTACS learning and development are hoping to build upon our previous BSL training provision and experience by becoming a fully registered BSL learning and assessment centre.
We hope to offer a whole range of course for all abilities – from an introduction to BSL to a higher level for those who are keen to work and progress within the field.
Keep an look out for more information – available soon.
We were delighted to be asked to create 2 short BSL videos for Young Scot: Year of Young People 2018 (YoYP2018). Videos included the application form for becoming a YoYP2018 Ambassador and a summary of the aims and objectives of scheme.
What was it all about?
Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, and Young Scot are looking for committed and passionate young people from across Scotland to become the Year of Young People 2018 Ambassadors. Get involved, and represent the YoYP 2018 in your local community!
More information here: http://young.scot/yoyp2018/yoyp-articles/yoyp-2018-ambassador/
We were also pleased to use one of our newer and younger BSL presenters (Liam), who was very professional and prepared well for the task.
Well done to all participants at Deaf Links Dundee who participated in the introduction to Training the Trainers course over 4 (very busy) days!
We covered (at least):
And that was just the ‘How to teach’ – we also looked at ‘What to teach’ by breaking down course specifications, learning outcomes & assessment criteria with everyone delivering training sessions on a number of topics.
Thanks to Alana Harper at Deaf Links for securing funding and identifying willing participants. Also to the continued support of Elizabeth Adams and David Johnston who generously shared their experience as long standing BSL tutors. And to Denise Ryan for the ‘intro to linguistic’ session which was invaluable.
Day 3 of 4 at the Training the Trainers course at Deaf Links in Dundee.
Participants were demonstrating their teaching skills they have been developing over the weeks by delivering a number of short training sessions to group members. At the same time group members were tasked with providing feedback after spending a whole session on ‘How to give feedback’
Training will span over 4 full days on a fortnightly basis and will cover all the basics in developing materials, planing and design of a training session, assessment and evaluation. Also looking at how and why people learn and how this affects our teaching methods/strategies.
Edinburgh Zoo (RZSS) recently held 2 x 2 half day courses for their staff – everyone from administrative roles, gardeners, animal keepers, animal demonstrators (to list a few) all actively took part in a Deaf Awareness & Communication Tactics course with an introduction to work based signs.
The park, which receives 1,ooo’s of visitors every year many of whom will be deaf to some extent. Remember that around 1 in 6 people will be deaf to some extent. The Park and the staff are keen to make visitors experience as memorable as possible and that includes being aware of the small changes in their communication tactics can make a huge impact and difference with a deaf or deafblind person.
Delighted to have completed a total of 16 bite-sized Deaf Awareness and Communication Tactics courses at Intu shopping centres: Dudley, Nottingham (2) and Derby (collaboration between Intu & Signature).
Staff at each centre exhibited a positive and encouraging attitude to the training and all look forward to better serving the 1,000s of people who walk through the shopping centre doors – many of whom will of course be Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened or Deafblind and now have the extra confidence with increased confidence and communication skills.
Woking with Signature (Commercial) we were delighted to be asked and to deliver 4 training days to a number of Intu shopping centres (Dudley, Nottingham & Derby). The first took place at Merry Hill, Dudley in October with the remaining days taking place in November.
The training days consist of a number of bite-sized deaf awareness & communication tactics sessions aimed at Intu customer facing shopping centre staff.
Feedback received has been extremely positive.
Well done Intu.
Completed in very short time-scale the BSL version of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee’s 10th report on the attainment of deaf and visually impaired pupils.
“The Education and culture committee held an inquiry in May to find out what is going on in deaf education and education for children with visual impairment in Scotland. They have just published the report – attainment of pupils with a sensory impairment.
More work is needed to be done to improve access to education for deaf children.”
Dr Audrey Cameron