HR - learning & organisational development


Sign Language Taster 6 Week Course

Session Leader

Maureen Marks (CACDP NVQ Pre-Level 3)  


6 weeks of 1.5 hourly sessions


To provide a basic introduction to sign language so that staff are able and comfortable using signing to meet and greet.



To promote deaf awareness and an understanding of deaf culture,

To cover general everyday conversation.



Who will benefit?

All staff with an interest in learning more about signing and deaf awareness.

In particular, front line staff (eg reception staff, library staff, Estates, Hospitality, Gulbenkian, Sports Centre) EDI Reps, staff from Finance, staff working with people who are hearing impaired, senior tutors. 

NB: These sessions links in with Promoting Disability Awareness training course.


Please note: You must attend all the dates.


Week 1 – Introductions, alphabet and names.
Week 2 – Family relationships (mother, father, brother, sister).
Week 3 – Colours, numbers, ages.
Week 4 – Deaf awareness, culture, gestures.
Week 5 – Communication issues, lip reading.
Week 6 – Feelings, food, work related issues.


The sessions will be informal and participative, with group work and pair work. 

6 week course starting:

Wednesdays 5, 12, 19 and 26 June, 3 and 10 July 2013 (1 1/2 hour sessions). You need to attend all sessions.

To book a place on a session or join the waiting list please use the booking form.


Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 764000 or contact us

Last Updated: 17/04/2013