Thursday, 13 August 2020

The Power of Communication

GTDT have continued to deliver courses to hundreds of learners during the COVID-19 pandemic, one of which was a 6 week online British Sign Language for Beginners course.
Sign language is a way for the hearing impaired to communicate with most people. When you sign you not only express the words, but your body language and feelings too. Benefits of sign language include improving your peripheral vision and reaction time but more importantly allows you to improve and emphasise the way you communicate.

This course provided all of our learners with a CPD Certified Certificate as well as in some instances introduced learners to a new culture and community. One of our learners enrolled as she has a niece who is deaf and she wishes to be able to communicate with her. Another learner wanted to secure a job as a Teaching Assistant within a Special Educational needs setting so felt that this qualification would enhance her CV to land her dream job.

One learner Shaun used to work with someone who was deaf and was never able to fully communicate with them. He has also recently found out that he is slowly losing his hearing so he decided to enrol on the course to learn skills and knowledge around British Sign Language.

Shaun really enjoyed the course, when we were talking to him during his last week on the course he said "I really enjoyed being on this course, especially because it was online so it gave me the flexibility to complete it on the days and times that suited me. It was a lot of information to take in and I advise anybody who is considering taking the course to take their time and go over each section a few times before taking the assessment. I have not undertaken any educational courses for many years so I am proud to have finished this course and have received my certificate. I plan to continue learning sign language and am now open to taking other educational courses too."