Category Archive BSL

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Communication Tactics – Intro to BSL

Thanks to all at Scottish Government who attended the Deaf Awareness, Communication Tactics and Intro to British Sign Language (BSL) course.

Jam packed day that covered everything form terminology, communication methods (tool box), finger spelling and work related sign language.

It was a pleasure running this course. This was in collaboration with deafscotland.

 

Looking for information on in-house staff training – please feel free to contact us

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British Sign Language (BSL) course starting soon

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.

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Year of Young People 2018

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.

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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):

  • Learning cycle
  • Learning styles
  • Identifying learning needs (LNA)
  • Aims, objectives & learning outcomes
  • Planning, preparation and delivery
  • Using resources
  • Group dynamics
  • Teaching methods
  • Giving feedback
  • Evaluation

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.

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Deaf Links Dundee day 3 of 4

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’

 

 

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BSL version – attainment of pupils with a sensory impairment

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

 

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BSL (Scotland) Bill

IMG_20150917_180348~2History in the making as the BSL (Scotland) Bill is passed in the Scottish Parliament on 17th September 2015 – a date that will be remembered very proudly by Scotland’s Deaf and Deafblind communities.

The even in the Parliament was a near ‘sell out’ with tickets (which are always free) becoming like gold-dust. This may have been the very first time that the Parliament had to arrange a ‘spill out’ room to accommodate the crowds that gathered to witness the passing of the Bill.

The Bill was a Private members Bill introduced by Mark Griffin MSP – (pictured) who gave a short presentation at an after party sponsored by the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD).

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Law Society of Scotland – BSL Bill Briefing

Law Society of Scotland – BSL (Scotland) Bill Stage 3 Briefing

law-soc-scot-tweetCOMMTACS were happy to be involved in the #BSL production of the Law Society of Scotland’s briefing which is intended to inform MSPs of their comments on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was introduced as a Private Member’s Bill by Mark Griffin MSP on 29 October 2014. The stage 3 debate will take place on 17 September 2015.

More information on the Law Society of Scotland’s website here <<<

#BSL Bill also available in #BSL @scotParl @MarkGriffinMSP

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Scottish Parliament – summary of amendments

Scottish Parliament – summary of amendments now available in BSL on the Parliament’s YouTube channel

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Attainment of deaf school pupils – evidence session May 12

Attainment of deaf school pupils – evidence session May 12

Now available with BSL interpretation throughout discussion on attainment of deaf school pupils.