Signature Certificate in
Modifying Written English Texts for Deaf People

Unit K318: Accessible English for Deaf and Deafblind People

This course is currently under review and we are not taking any new applicants at the moment - 9/01/2014.

The information below is for information only.

Online distance learning mode

Applicants for this course should be aware that it is not a taught course.


The aim of Unit K318 is to enable teachers of deaf children or support workers to modify and/or present written English texts in a form that is accessible to deaf learners. The course covers:

Course level

This course is Level 3 on the Signature framework which uses the UK Further Education levels. This Unit forms part of a number of Signature qualifications for training communication professionals working in schools, colleges and in community settings with deaf and deafblind people, see:

Target audience: Teachers and tutors of deaf children, communication support workers, support staff working with deaf pupils and students.

Qualifications required: A good level of English: Higher Grade English, C, or equivalent (copy of certificate required).

Skills required: Confident IT skills: keyboard use and file handling.

Restrictions: Maximum of 15 participants.

Resources required: How Language Works by David Crystal, Penguin, approx 10. Access to computer with broadband and a printer.

Study methodology: This is not a taught course. The course will use the University Virtual Learning Environment or the SSC website. This is a way of giving a group access to readings, tasks and video resources online. It also allows members of the course to interact with each other about what is being learned.

During the first two weeks induction will be provided on the use of the VLE, how to post a profile and getting to know other course members. Students must log on within the first two weeks and have a Skype session with the course tutor in order to deal with any access or failed link issues.

Self-study guidelines: Students are responsible for the amount of study undertaken as well as the rate of study. There will be regular activities to complete each week; sometimes these are individual tasks to be emailed to the course tutor or discussion topics on the VLE chatroom, etc. As with any online course students can do as much or as little work as feels appropriate. However, the support and feedback provided is designed to aid progression through the coursework and regular activity avoids any last minute anxiety before the final exam.

Accessibility: All videos or sound files have subtitles or a transcript. The tutorial activities take place using text, either in the VLE or another online chat facility. Students have the opportunity to discuss any adjustments which may be required, including to the final assessment exam.

Learning outcomes: Key concepts, structures and discourse features used to describe/analyse English; Reasons and techniques for making spoken and written English accessible for deaf and deafblind people.