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Learn British Sign Language

We provide free sign language courses for families with children who have any type or level of deafness. Learn British Sign Language (BSL) online with our group courses or practice classes.

Our curriculum is based on BSL but focuses on signs that families with young children will use regularly at home. To make sure you get to learn signs local to where you live in the UK, we set up breakout rooms at our online sessions for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Free sign language courses for families

Join our free online group course to learn everyday BSL signs alongside other families.

Family Sign Language 1: Introductory course (September)

Who’s it for

  • Families with a deaf child 0 to 5 years old.
  • Children are welcome to join.
  • No previous experience of sign language needed.
  • Up to six family members can join, including siblings, grandparents or other relatives.

What you'll learn

To help you develop communication within the home, you’ll learn signs you can include in your daily routines. Our experienced deaf tutors will cover a range of topics, including fingerspelling, family, food and drink, emotions and lots more.

When and where

  • Every Thursday for six consecutive weeks
  • Starts 19 September 2024, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Online via Zoom

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If you complete four or more sessions of our Family Sign Language course, you can join our follow-on course, Family Sign Language 2: Next Steps.

Family Sign Language one-to-one course (September)

If a group course is not suitable, you may qualify for a one-to-one online course. 

Who’s it for

  • Families with a deaf child 0 to 5 years old.
  • Up to six family members can join, including siblings, grandparents or other relatives.

Availability is very limited, so  

we prioritise applications from: 

  • those who experience communication difficulties in the home 
  • young children with language and communication concerns 
  • families with no previous experience of learning sign language 
  • families who need additional learning support. 

What you'll learn

Our one-to-one online sign language courses cover the same topics as our introductory group course.  

Our experienced tutors will teach you and your family signs that you can use in everyday family life. Topics include mealtimes, family members, talking about feelings and lots more. 

When and where

  • Six online sessions via Zoom at a time suitable for you. 
  • Applications are open for courses starting in September 2024.

Apply now >

Free practice classes  

Come along to one of our free online sign language classes to practise your BSL skills and develop your vocabulary.

Family Sign Language: Olympics Special

Who's it for

  • Families with a deaf child 0 to 5 years old.
  • Children are welcome to join.

What you'll learn

Whether you are new to sign language, want to practise your skills or learn some additional signs, come and join us for a fun session! Our experienced tutors will teach you lots of signs relating to the upcoming Olympics.

When and where

  • Tuesday 23 July 2024, 12pm to 1pm
  • Online via Zoom

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Family Sign Language: Autumn Special

Who's it for

  • Families with a deaf child 0 to 5 years old.
  • Children are welcome to join.

What you'll learn

Whether you are new to signing, want to practise your skills or learn some additional signs, come and join us for a fun session! Our experienced tutors will teach you lots of signs relating to autumn.  

When and where

  • Tuesday 3 September 2024, 7pm to 8pm
  • Online via Zoom

Book your place >

What other families thought…

“The course has been amazing and has taught us the basic signs needed to help my daughter with her communication. I would definitely recommend the course to others. We learnt so many signs that are now incorporated into our daily routines. Thank you so much!”

Vicky, parent of a deaf child

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Joining our online events

We'll have experts on hand to support you in joining the event online. You can also watch or download our guide to joining online events.

Zoom auto-generated captions and BSL interpreters will be available.

Contact us

If you have any questions or require any other communication or language support, please email [email protected].