Why you should learn sign language
In 2020, the World Federation of the Deaf is issuing a Global Leaders Challenge.
This challenge aims to promote the use of sign languages by local, national, and global leaders in partnership with national associations of deaf people in each country, as well as other deaf-led organisations.
Do you know sign language?Despite only knowing the basics, I can't say I'm very good at British Sign Language (BSL). However, there have been numerous times where I have been able to help someone as a result of my limited knowledge.
Around 50,000 people in the UK use British Sign Language. Yet why isn't BSL taught in schools? With 97% of young people in support of BSL being a GCSE, it's surprising that this isn't the case.
Whilst it is not a mandatory part of the curriculum, schools are free to teach it if they choose to do so.
We recognise and acknowledge that British Sign Language can be a beneficial subject that schools can choose to teach.
Where can I learn sign language?
There are actually a lot of ways that you can learn BSL online or through a course. Here are some of the ways you can pick up the basics:
- Introducing British Sign Language (online course)
- Free online resources to learn BSL
- School of Sign Language
- British Sign Language dictionary (search the word or phase you want to learn to view a video)
- BSL picture dictionary (look up words to view a picture explaining the sign)
Do you have any experiences to share? Should everyone be taught sign language? What sign will you learn today? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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