I find the British Sign Language (BSL) fingerspelling system a great asset when spelling words in my everyday life. My husband often asks me ‘How do you spell…..?’ and my answer is….
I am sure that many other BSL/English Interpreters and BSL learners have the same experience.
BSL should most definitely be taught in schools, for many reasons:
- Offering an excellent opportunity for children to become aware of deaf people
- Children having the ability to learn a language that is used by the around 70,000 deaf people using BSL as their first or preferred language
- Now that deaf children are often placed in mainstream learning environments; it is simply not enough for staff to be deaf aware. That deaf child is entitled to a peer group who they can communicate with.
- It has been proven to excel language acquisition and development and to further learning
- As a visual language it offers a whole other conceptual way of learning