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Family sign language courses

Photo: Family sitting on the sofa practising sign language.

Many British Sign Language courses are designed for adult lives and interactions. They may be unsuitable for families with deaf children who want to learn the signs and phrases they need for everyday family life.

Our Family Sign Language course is different. It teaches British Sign Language with topics carefully chosen to suit the needs and interests of families with children aged 0-11.

Our Family Sign Language course topics:

  • In the house
  • Talking about feelings
  • Mealtimes
  • Playtime
  • Things we do every day

Experienced tutors deliver our course in a flexible way, allowing families to enjoy interacting with their children while they develop their language skills.

We believe that language learning should be fun!

How can I take part?

There are two ways for families to learn Family Sign Language.

NEW: Family Sign Language courses on Zoom

We are now teaching families across the UK on Zoom! Our Zoom courses are available for families of up to six people. This means that extended family members such as grandparents can join remotely.

Course dates are flexible and will be arranged depending on families’ and tutors’ availability.

To take part, families need access to a device with a stable internet connection, such as a computer or tablet.

Applications are now open UK wide

Places are limited on these courses. We endeavour to prioritise places to families with a deaf child between 0-11 years old, and those who experience communication difficulties in the home.

Please be aware that by applying, this doesn't guarantee you a course. You'll be notified within 28 days if your application is successful. 

If you live in England, please apply by 8 November 2020

If you live in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales we have a rolling application window.

Apply now for your place on a Zoom course using the button below. To apply for a Zoom course, you'll need to be a member. Membership is free and it means you'll have access to lots of great benefits. Find out more about membership.

Family Sign Language courses on YouTube

We have created 12 videos covering different topics related to family life. These include both vocabulary and conversational skills. Parents and children can learn together, at a time and pace that suits them.

Specially tailored videos are available for the following regions: 

Click on the link above to view the lesson for your preferred nation.

With thanks to...

Our YouTube video course and online Zoom course are sponsored in Scotland by the Scottish Government and the Corra Foundation.

Our YouTube video course and online Zoom course are supported in Northern Ireland by the Department for Communities.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our Family Sign Language courses on Zoom or on YouTube, please get in touch by emailing [email protected].