Sign languages are visual languages that use hand shapes, facial expression, gestures and body language. Sign languages have their own vocabulary, construction and grammar.
In the UK, the term sign language usually refers to British Sign Language (BSL) or sometimes Irish Sign Language (ISL). In this section, you can find out more about BSL, ISL, tactile signing and sign systems.
What is sign language?
An explanation of what sign language is and answers to questions commonly asked by parents of deaf children.
How can I learn British Sign Language (BSL)?
Advice on how you and your family can learn BSL together, including information on BSL courses and qualifications, our family sign language courses, and BSL videos and resources.
Using sign language in family life
Advice on how you can use sign language in family life, including videos from other families and tips on telling stories in BSL.
Tactile signing is used by some children who have both a hearing loss and sight impairment