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British Sign Language students along with their teachers and tutors - View Full Size Image
British Sign Language students along with their teachers and tutors

A group of sixth form students from Loreto College Coleraine has recently taken part in a course of British Sign Language lessons as part of the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness programme.

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness programme is a Key Skills project which enables students to obtain 70 UCAS points through completing three challenges to improve their performance and learning.  One of the challenges undertaken by the Loreto College CoPE group was completing a ten- week course in Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language.  The course was provided by Miss Meabh McCloskey, who co-ordinates the CoPE qualification at Loreto, and who is qualified to BSL Level 2 standard, and a deaf tutor from the organisation “Hands That Talk”, which is a deaf community group established to provide support and opportunities for the deaf community.

In the course of their challenge, the students learned a range of basic communication skills including topics such as greetings, personal information, colours, food, school and shopping.  At the end of the ten-week course, each member of the group was presented with a certificate of completion.

Speaking on behalf of the CoPE group, Miss Meabh McCloskey commented that the course had been thoroughly enjoyable and very worthwhile.