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 have 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 in language acquisition, development, and further learning.
- As a visual language, it offers a whole other conceptual way of learning