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Level 1 Course in ISL

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This course is a beginner course in ISL and no prior knowledge of ISL is needed. It is designed to enable students to acquire a basic ability to converse with Deaf people in everyday situations using sign language.

It is a practical language course delivered through class instruction, role-play, group work and the use of a variety of materials on video, film and DVD. Log-on learning facilities contain video clips for practice, assignments for self-study, course notes, reading lists, and electronic handouts. Information on Assistive Technology used in the deaf community will be introduced.

The recommended learning time is 64 hours. Each unit is assessed and candidates must successfully complete all units to gain accreditation at Level 1 standard.

The course consists of three units;

101 Introduction to ISL

102 Conversational ISL,

103 ISL at School, College or Work.

See Course Schedules and Fees for detailed information on timetabling.

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The qualifications are accredited by Ofqual (The British Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator). The Awarding Body is Signature. The Qualifications are recognised on the British National Qualifications Framework, and are mapped on the European Qualifications and Credits Framework, QCF.  The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland have mapped the qualification onto the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.

Levels 1 to 3 are language courses to build learners language skills and knowledge of Irish Sign Language. Professional level training awards NVQ Levels 3 and 6 National Vocational Qualifications in Irish Sign Language uses the British National Language Standards (CILT, 2005), which define competent performance in Irish Sign Language skills in both receptive and productive units.   NVQs are an assessment process.

Candidates build portfolios of evidence samples to a set of Performance and Knowledge Criteria. Candidates must be able to understand and use information, ideas and opinions expressed in a range of work-related and relevant social contexts.

In addition to structured practical language classes, we provide learners with opportunities to study the language in laboratory analysis on computer, role-play in class sessions, debates and discussions. The cultural heritage, key figures in deaf history, storytelling and poetry in sign languages, international deaf organisations, current affairs in the global Deaf community and issues key to Deaf Human Rights such as rights in education, language, and service provision form part of our deaf awareness training programmes.

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Progression route

-Level 1 ISL - 9 credits

-Level 2 ISL - 15 credits

-Level 3 ISL NVQ - 28 credits

-Level 6 ISL NVQ - 36 credits - degree - level

-Level 6 Interpreter Training - degree level

-Level 6 Translation - degree level - suitable for deaf and hearing interpreter-translators