British Sign Language Intermediate (FLB2230)

StaffMiss Emily Wakley - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesFLB1115A and FLB1115B
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module is broadly equivalent to C Proficient User level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

-       Reinforce and develop students’ understanding of the grammatical structures at a competent level in British Sign Language, enabling students to communicate effectively through Productive Skills, Receptive Skills, and Conversational Skills at an intermediate level on a variety of general topics.


-       Enable students to give and understand a broader spectrum of information and to achieve a confident intermediate level of communicative competence in everyday situations.


-       Develop students’ understanding and awareness of deafness and Deaf Culture


-       Develop students’ understanding and awareness of the differences in Spoken and Signed Languages.


-       Develop students’ understanding and awareness of the differences between Formal and Informal signing styles

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the grammatical structures of BSL.
  • 2. Comprehend the language through receptive skills and to be able to back-channel in conversations to demonstrate understanding of information related to everyday situations.
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a range of general topics through signed presentations and conversations.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a language with uses of semantics and organise learning with guidance from the tutor.
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including English texts on BSL, BSL dictionaries and video resources, to consolidate learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Communicate at an improving level in BSL
  • 7. Show evidence of self-study and research skills used to develop language skills
  • 8. Demonstrate a good understanding of Deaf Awareness in communication

Syllabus plan

The course will cover the following grammar and topics across the communication skills of reception, production and conversation:



Signing space

Signing structure


Non-Manual Features (NMF)


Movement & Direction

Placements and Referents

Timelines (Past, Present & Future)

Verbs: Plain, Agreement & Spatial


Describing verbs using NMF

Appropriate Mouth pattern






Travel and Holidays

Shopping and Consumer Issues

Eating and Drinking Out

Deaf History and Culture


University Life

Jobs and Work

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and teaching activities66Language Classes
Guided independent study254Consolidate learning in class by: - preparing exercises and activities for class, including presentations in BSL and short written assignments in English, watching signed clips in BSL to develop receptive skills and develop vocabulary. Learning activities are supported by various media including written English texts, online videos and DVDs.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written assignment based on own research1000 words4-5, 7-8Written feedback
Presentation 3-5 minute presentation1,3,4,5,6,7,8Verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In Class Test (Linguistics) 201 hour written test1, 4-5, 7-8Written feedback
In Class Test (Productive Skills)305-6 minute presentation1,2,4,5,6,7,8Written feedback
In Class Test (Conversational Skills)508-10 minute conversation1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In Class Test (Linguistics) In Class Test (Linguistics)1,4,5,7,8Referral/deferral period
In Class Test (Productive Skills)In Class Test (Productive Skills)1,2,4,5,6,7,8Referral/deferral period
In Class Test (Conversational Skills)In Class Test (Conversational Skills)1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Linguistics Test = 20%

Productive Skills Test = 30%

Conversational Skills Test = 50%

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Rachel Sutton-Spence and Bencie Woll, The Linguistics of British Sign Language: An Introduction, 1998

Cath Smith, Let’s Sign Dictionary, 2nd Edition 2009

Cath Smith, Signs Make Sense: A Guide to British Sign Language, 1990

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

A range of online and DVD video resources

Available as distance learning?


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Key words search

BSL, British Sign Language, Intermediate