Deaf students deliver sign language lesson to college staff

Deaf students swapped places with their teachers at Birmingham Metropolitan College when they delivered a British Sign Language (BSL) lesson to other staff.

Five students on the English for the Deaf course at the Castle Vale Skills Centre gave a presentation about BSL to nine of the college’s managers, business development trainers and assessors, as well as their own teachers.  They also signed the letters of the alphabet before encouraging the group to learn simple words and phrases such as ‘hello’ and ‘my name is’. 

Lecturer, Jade Bradbury-Kirkham said: “The students jumped at the opportunity to acts as teachers because they enjoy meeting different people and are eager to promote deaf awareness wherever possible.  They were a little nervous at the start of the class, but soon fitted into their roles.  In fact, they demonstrated a natural flair that ensured their students were fully immersed in their learning.”

Jade continued: “Most of the staff taking part in the lesson work at this campus, so hopefully they will be able to keep up with their newly acquired language skills when they see these students around the building.”

The students that hosted the class were Sobia Ziarab, Menazah Sadiq, Kamini Chouhan, Amanuel Habteab and Tayeba Khatun.