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My BSL Level 6 Journey: Number 6

Hello again! Yes, it’s time to give you another update on how my level 6 BSL is going. To recap from my last session – I had completed four of five assessments, but needed to film my evidence collection and go to deaf club! In this weeks session, I...

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Deaf Club is like learning to drive

If you’ve learnt to drive before you’ll know that, in your test, you have to very obviously show off your skills. It’s no good glancing at your mirrors, you have to actively move your head and look in each individual one – meaningfully and purposefully. But when you...

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50 Shades ‘later’

Something I’ve really gotten into lately is going to the cinema. Looking forward to the time before the film starts, watching the previews to see the new releases.  Popcorn in lap – ready for 90 minutes of zoning out to a fantastic film. One of the film...

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How to get involved in Deaf Club

We’ve always firmly believed that one of the best ways to support your BSL education is to attend deaf club and interact with native signers. But it can be challenging to know how to actually get involved. Firstly, do your research. Look at the deaf clubs in your area...

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My BSL Level 6 Journey: Number 5

In my last blog, I told you that we have started part B of the level 6 course, which means building our portfolios. I’ve been feeling excited and scared, but now that I’m another session along I thought I would give you an update. I have not done any external filming...

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My BSL Level 6 Journey: Number 4

We have now officially begun our part B of level 6 which means that the theory is over, and the practical begins. It’s time to put together our portfolios. Which means filming ourselves. And watching ourselves. Oh, the anxiety. Like most people who learn sign language...

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My BSL Level 6 Journey: Number 3

Hello, and welcome to the third instalment of this BSL Level 6 Journey. It’s not been long since my last blog about this, so hopefully you can remember where I was at before. But if not, here’s a quick re-cap: – I had submitted a 5-minute clip signing about...

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My BSL Level 6 Journey: Number 2

TERPTREE BLOG Changing the world for deaf people Welcome back to my level 6 journey. It’s been a while since my last blog around this topic, so I must begin this one by saying a huge “thank you” so those who called me and emailed me to reassure me that how I’m feeling...

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My BSL Level 6 Journey: Number 1

Hello there. I’m Alice. I’ve been working at terptree since May this year, after doing two weeks of work experience as part of my degree in 2015. I currently have my BSL level three and I am an aspiring Sign Language Interpreter. But enough about me (just kidding,...

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Deaf Education

Hello, again. Last week we looked at a (brief) history of BSL. This week we’ll be covering a similar topic – Deaf Education. To look at this topic, I’ve decided to utilise two videos, which I have attached for you to look at. They’re incredibly interesting to watch,...

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A Short History Of BSL

Hello, and welcome to this week’s blog, where we will be discussing the history of BSL. Throughout this blog I have referenced different sources, so there will be a bibliography at the end in case you want to go and do some further research! Let’s dive right in. The...

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BSL Deaf “versus” Deaf Oral

This is a topic that can be quite emotive as it is very much linked to a person’s identity and how they communicate. Before we delve in and start discussing BSL d/Deaf vs d/Deaf Oral, here’s a little about me… I’ve just completed a degree in Theatre Arts, Education,...

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Deaf Events For The Rest Of The Year

We’re deep into the British summer now, we’ve had plenty of ☀️ but we’ve also had our fair share of 🌧 but can we really complain? I mean we’re used to it by now! So with summer in full flow and there still plenty of time to relax and enjoy yourself we thought it would...

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Can Deaf People Drive?

Driving, some people are good at it some make you fear for your life as they cruise around oblivious to the rest of the world…… Driving is both a blessing and a curse…..You have the freedom to come and go as you please, getting to places with greater ease and...

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BDA 125th Anniversary

From Wednesday 20th July – Sunday 24th July BDA will be celebrating their 125-year congress. The event will be held: Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, South Devon, TQ2 5LZ   Which as you can see from the picture above, looks amazing! With an...

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Must Like Pages On Facebook

So you’ve decided to make the great decision to learn BSL (British Sign Language) and you want to enhance your learning and passion even more! You don’t have to aspire to be a BSL/English Interpreter to further enhance your skills or knowledge of the beautiful...

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What Is Sign Circle?

Sign Circle have been running since 2007. It is a festival that provides entertainment for thousands of campers and volunteers within the deaf community. They made the decision in 2011 that the event would be every 2 years, giving their team a rest and the chance to...

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What Is Shape Arts?

Shape Arts focuses on leading the way – in innovative fashion – for the inclusion of disabled people in the creative and cultural sector. Over the 40 years since Shape was founded, the first legislation recognising the rights of disabled people was...

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What Happened In Milan?

Argh Milan, a city enriched in history and culture. People from all over the world come to embrace this beautiful city. The 2nd largest city in Italy and the most modern whilst still managing to keep most of its historical past. From the traditional delicious pizzas...

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What Is Ushers?

So you’re intrigued to know what Ushers is. No it’s not a typo, it’s not this famous singer: Nor are we discussing Ushers who will direct you to your seat at a wedding ceremony: No it is much more serious than that! Ushers or Usher syndrome is a rare genetic...

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What Do Signature Do?

As with every community, the deaf community have to get to grips with understanding the variety of organisations and associations is no small feat. So this post is aimed at telling you exactly what Signature are and how they affect you, as well as the services you...

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The History & Background of BSL

Being a part of the deaf community makes you feel a part of something bigger than yourself. You’re part of a team and the use of Sign Language creates a shared culture, community and life experience. No matter what country you reside in, Sign Language enables deaf...

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Annual Events for Deaf People

So you’re a member of the deaf community and you’re looking to attend an event. Bird watching with a group, a trip to the museum or watching your local sports team. Anything, at all, you made that all important New Years resolution to spend less time at home and more...

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Gogglebox

Whether you love or hate the Channel 4 programme, Gogglebox.  It is undoubtedly a hit! Airing at 9pm on a Friday evening. Gogglebox has taken the nation by storm and its 7th series started on the 19th February. The British reality show features recurring families,...

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Evelyn Glennie Who Is She?

Evelyn Glennie is a true pioneer within the deaf community. So who exactly is she? Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to have successfully created and sustained a career as a fulltime percussionist. She has performed across the globe with some of the...

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BSL In Sherlock

2016 started off with a very special occasion for the Deaf community, BSL made its way into BBC’s Sherlock New Year’s Day special ‘Sherlock: The Abominable Bride’. (Now we at terptree believe it it should be the norm, but at least it’s a start!) Over 8.4 million...

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Deaf Dream Team

Sport, we either love it or hate it. We’re either gripped by every single moment of action or we couldn’t care less. Some feel that many athletes are overpaid for their profession and cannot wait to knock them off their pedestal. We are not here to start a debate of...

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Mary Hare School

Education We will be embarking on a 3 part mini series on highly regarded institutes focused on providing deaf students with a tremendous education! The focus of part 1 will have us take a look at the first stages of education and what this offers to the deaf...

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How to Make a Complaint?

Being part of the Deaf community, or any minority, it can sometimes be hard to come across opportunities in life. Opportunities that you quite simply deserve! There are many times in all of our lives when we have to digest some news we’d rather just pretend isn’t...

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Who are Sound Seekers?

Sound Seekers are a UK based charity striving to support Deaf people in the developing world. Working in partnership with local organisations in these areas, Sound Seekers establish projects to improve the understanding of Deaf needs and requirements through:...

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