Interpreter courses / CPD workshops

Linguistics Course 2020 with Clark Denmark


Sign for thoughts are excited to announce that we will be running a 4 day Linguistics training course taught by Clark Denmark, this Autumn term 2020 and into the New year 2021.

The 2 blocks of 2 days will allow time for students to consolidate their learning between sessions.

The course will be taught by Clark Denmark, who first started as a BSL informant at the Edinburgh BSL Research Project back in 1984 under Mary Brennan. He went on to teach linguistics at Durham University's BSL Tutors Training Course, then at Bristol University with Rachel Sutton-Spence and colleagues. He also teach linguistics at University of Central Lancashire with Professor Zeshan and Dr Junhui Yang as well as to countless courses both at home and abroad. He also runs CPD courses for Redbee Media, RTE and ASLI. He has M.A. from UCLan.

Who is it suitable for?
We recommend this course for those who have a BSL Level 3 certificate, Level 4 and Level 6 learners, TSLI, RSLI, TOD, CSW and Deaf teachers. The course will be delivered in BSL, if you are unsure as to whether this course is for you, please feel free to get in contact with Penny who will have a chat with you.

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Qualification Structure

Run over 4-day course giving an introduction to the principles of linguistics within sign languages, particularly BSL. This course will encompass the central aspects of sign linguistics traditionally covered by phonology, morphology and syntax, while also placing the understanding of sign languages within the broader context of spoken languages.

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Attendance on all days and full participation in the course will result in a certificate issued by Sign for Thoughts, authenticated by Clark Denmark.

The course will be delivered strictly in BSL at all times, including breaks and the use of English is not permitted throughout the course.
Students will be expected and encouraged to continue their study and research of linguistics in their own time in between the two blocks of dates.

There are only 15 places available for this course so book ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Course Dates

The course dates will take place on Friday 13th & Saturday 14th November 2020 and Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd January 2021, 10am-4.30pm (22 hours).

Course Costs

The course is £350+VAT, bringing it to a total of £420