British Sign Language Course opens for 2016-17 enrolment.

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Our British Sign Language courses are now open for enrolment for the year 2016-17.

Level one is for beginners and those wanting to dip their toe in this amazing language. There is a focus on fun and just getting started. There’s not reason not to give it a try!

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Level two is an intermediate course. This course is for those who have completed level 1, realised BSL is fun – and they just want more! The course moves students on to having longer and more complicated discussions.

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Level three is an intermediate/advanced course that gets the students more aware of the finer details of the language. Students are equipped to have lengthy discussions on a wide range of topics.

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For more information on any of these course or for a enrolment form, contact us on info@reflectbsl.co.uk.

Deaf Business Award 2016

Reflect BSL has been nominated for a Deaf Business Award, so I wanted to share the news with you and thank you for all your support and encouragement over the last few years.

The awards are run by the Deaf Business Academy, so we are thrilled about the nomination and the recognition within the community. Reflect BSL received a nomination for both the Outstanding Development and Best UK Deaf Business category.

If you would like to show your support, winners are chosen on a votes based system, so if you wish to vote for Reflect BSL, you can do so by clicking on the following link – http://www.deafbusinessacademy.co.uk/vote-for-your-winner/

Outstanding Development Best UK Deaf

Sue Ryder Yorkshire Women in Achievement Award 2016

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Reflect BSL is proud to announce that Elizabeth Bojas, director and head of training has been nominated for an award – the Sue Ryder Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards 2016 for the Business Catagory. Elizabeth is thrilled by the nomination and excited to be part of the ceremony this year – the 30th Anniversary of the awards, where women across Yorkshire gather to celebrate their achievements and raise funds.

http://www.sueryder.org/get-involved/events/all-events/2016/may/yorkshire-women-achievement-2016

Fireworks & Bonfire

Everyone always associate 5th of November with fireworks and bonfire. To get you in the festive spirit watching the fireworks wherever you are, Reflect BSL has produced a video with sign vocabulary all related to Fireworks & Bonfire.

Learn something new, have fun with these signs and share them with children as they prepare for the excitement filled with bang! Whether you’re learning a new language or expanding on your vocabulary, check out the clip and enjoy.

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Halloween Theme

To get you in the festive spirit this Halloween, Reflect BSL has produced a video with sign vocabulary all related to Halloween.

Learn something new, have fun with these signs at your party and share them with children as they prepare for the spookiest time of the year! Whether you’re learning a new language or expanding on your vocabulary, check out the clip and enjoy.

If you have any feedback, or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us – info@reflectbsl.co.uk.

Happy Halloween!

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Guiseley Juniors Football Club U7’s sponsored by Reflect BSL

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Reflect BSL recently sponsored Guiseley Juniors Football Club, which allowed them to get this fabulous new kit for their forthcoming season.

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The club are keen to reduce barriers to the sport for Deaf children. Elizabeth Bojas, BSL Tutor and Director of Reflect BSL, worked with the team by teaching them the alphabet. The children then put their skills in action, which you will see from the photograph, by spelling out the name of the club. We wish Guiseley Juniors a successful season, and are proud to support the club.

English to BSL Translation

Did you Know?

Reflect BSL offer a range of translation from English to BSL, including short, simple clips for a website, to more complicated projects.

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Whether you would like to provide information to the Deaf Community in their first language, or ensure your service and website are accessible, our translation team can accommodate.

We offer a variety of translation methods, and can provide a breakdown of each, enabling you to choose the option which suits you best.

For more information drop us a line, we’re happy to help.

Deaf Awareness Training for Guiseley Juniors Football Club

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Last month Reflect BSL provided Deaf Awareness training to a group of coaches from the Guiseley Juniors Football Club. The aim of the course was to promote improved communication within the teams, including better engagement between players and inclusion for Deaf children. This included sharing information on communication tactics, difficulties for Deaf players, greater awareness of the sport from a Deaf child’s perspective and strategies on how to improve communication as a whole.

It was a productive evening, and we had a great discussion with the coaches in attendance. We provided additional resources, such as the National Deaf Children’s Society – British Sign Language in Football page, and links to YouTube clips which show football related vocabulary to use within the team.

AETC provided the facilities for the training.

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New beginnings

It’s the first week of September and whether school, college or university, it’s a week where students begin their courses, explore new beginnings and enter a whole new chapter of their lives. As a tutor I see a diverse number of students in my classrooms, and this is an exciting time for me too. There will be new faces, renewed passion in the learning environment and a shared understanding that we are all here to learn.

In my experience those initial nerves don’t last long, and I get to watch my students blossom over time. They are learning something new, a rich and beautiful language, and though it is difficult in the beginning, the end result is worth the effort. My students come from all different walks of life, but the thing they have in common is their desire to share the experience with one another. I learn from them too. Not only am I sharing my culture, but I’m exploring theirs.

We are entering the new round of enrolments for our courses, so if you would like more information contactinfo@reflectbsl.co.uk, or visit our training section and complete an application. I look forward to seeing you in a future class!