Course Description

Understanding Basic Sign Language

Understanding Basic Sign Language is a course run by Portobello Institute, Dublin. It is a Distance Learning course with a duration of 1 month. For more information about Understanding Basic Sign Language at Portobello Institute, please review the details below.

Course Details

Delivered through distance learning, this Certificate in Understanding Basic Sign Language explores basic strategies hearing people can use to communicate respectfully and effectively with deaf people.


Approximately 40,000 deaf and hearing people overall use Irish Sign Language (ISL) either as their first language or in addition to their first language on a daily basis in Ireland. The Understanding Basic Sign Language distance learning course will give a concise overview of ISL, basic signs and instructions for their use. Students will gain an understanding of the problems and barriers that people who have a hearing loss can experience. It will also outline basic strategies hearing people can use to communicate respectfully and effectively with deaf people.

By choosing to study this course with Portobello Institute, students will have access to course materials from our online learning centre for the duration of the course. The course materials for this certified course are thorough and easy to read and can be downloaded in your own time and from the comfort of your own home. You will also be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of the course who will help you with any challenges you may encounter. In addition you will be able to upload assignments online and receive online feedback. You can use our online learning centre from any computer that has internet access. However, access to a computer is not compulsory as we can arrange for everything to be processed by post. There is an administration fee of €30 for this service.


Who will recognise my qualification?

Upon completion of this course you will be awarded the Portobello Institute Certificate in Basic Sign Language.

What will I study during this Understanding Basic Sign Language course?

During this course you will study the following tops

  1. Background to Sign Language in Ireland
  2. Communication Strategies and Body Positioning
  3. ISL Alphabet and Finger Spelling
  4. Basic Communication
  5. Interacting with a Deaf Person
  6. ISL in Practice
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Training ProviderPortobello Institute
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 1
Course TypeDistance Learning
Awarding Body DetailsUnderstanding Basic Sign Language - certificate of attendance
Course Duration1 month
Course TimeStart anytime
Course Fee295
Entry RequirementsEntry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic or experience requirements for this course.
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Portobello Institute

43 Lower Dominick Street, Dublin 1, Dublin City North, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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