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British Sign Language [Book/DVD Pack]: Teach Yourself
Paul Redfern
Deafworks
Classification : Reference
Pub Date : Mar 26, 2010
Imprint : Teach Yourself
Page Extent : TBC
Binding : WW
ISBN : 9780340991329
Price : 2,499

About the book
Is this the right book for me?

Do you want to be able to understand and use British Sign Language confidently?

All you need is this best-selling course. Learn everyday, useful BSL through real-life situations that make the grammar and vocabulary easy and memorable. Hundreds of line illustrations throughout the book and constant references to video clips on the DVD make learning fast and fun.

British Sign Language (BSL) is used in the United Kingdom. The number of Deaf people in the UK using BSL has been put at about 50,000; there are in addition many more hearing people who use BSL to communicate with Deaf users. Sign languages are not related to spoken languages and BSL is completely different, for example, from American Sign Language. Sign language conveys meaning through the use of space and movement of the hands, body, face and head. 

We know that many hearing people are keen to learn BSL (it is a very popular evening class course, for example). But there is a lack of good teaching materials written in English for hearing learners of BSL, which this course fills. Get Started in British Sign Language follows the BSL curricula taught currently in colleges (Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People CACDP and Institute of BSL) and therefore will be able to be used as support material by learners, as well as providing a complete grounding in the structure and grammar of BSL.


Why is this the best course on the market?

- It's Deaf-led (so often deaf people are not in charge)
- It has Deaf authenticity (a bit like a Black person writing a book on Black Culture)
- It has a Deaf illustrator (how many BSL books are illustrated by a Deaf person? Go on, check)
- It has Deaf authors (Yes, go on and check! Authors, not 'contributors'!)
- It has a DVD which can be downloaded to a phone, computer, TV, laptop (the possibilities are endless)
- It's fun (just like the other Teach Yourself books)
- The format is clear - lots of hand holding (you never need to ask 'what does this mean?')
- Only BSL experts who are deaf are used as authors and advisers (not hearing professors)



Teach Yourself British Sign Language includes:

Chapter 1: Starting out with BSL structure
Chapter 2: More about Deaf people
Chapter 3: BSL Structures
Chapter 4: Deaf culture and BSL etiquette
Chapter 5: Introduction to facial expressions
Chapter 6: Asking 'wh-' questions
Chapter 7: Asking 'yes'/'no' questions
Chapter 8: More about questions
Chapter 9: How to use facial expressions
Chapter 10: BSL mouth patterns
Chapter 11: Starting out with fingerspelling
Chapter 12: Learning to fingerspell
Chapter 13: Reading fingerspelling
Chapter 14: Fingerspelling signs
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Chapter 15: Using fingerspelling in conversation
Chapter 16: Other fingerspelt words: months
Chapter 17: Starting out with placement
Chapter 18: Describing a room
Chapter 19: Introduction to referent handshapes
Chapter 20: Understanding switching
Chapter 21: Describing a roo

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Paul Redfern
Deafworks