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Learn Sign Language: What are the languages of Ireland? If you were to ask people this question, most of them would say Irish and English. There is one more language however, the Irish Sign Language (ISL). 

According to www.irishdeafsociety.ie Irish Sign Language is the first and/or preferred language of 5000 Deaf people in Ireland and approximately 40,000 and growing number of those who will communicate in signed language for many purposes, e.g. a family member is deaf, friends, co-workers, or for other reasons such as a desire to increase employment prospects.

It is estimated that around three hundred sign languages are in use around the world today.

There are a number of sign language classes available throughout the country. 

Hartstown Community School  –  Clonsilla, Co. Dublin

Sign Language

SIGN LANGUAGE (ISL Teaching) Basic introduction to Irish sign language. Personal Identification, Language, House/Home environment, Daily Life, Weather & Travel, Relationships, Health, Education, Food/Drink, Shopping, etc

Portobello Institute  –  Dublin City North, Co. Dublin

Understanding Basic Sign Language 

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.

Clane Community School  –  Clane, Co. Kildare

Sign Language – Beginners

The course is designed to enable learners to learn in basic Irish sign language (ISL) to communicate with deaf people about familiar, day to day topics and activities, deaf community and deaf culture. By the end of the course learners will able to communicate with deaf people using sign language, understand basic questions/answers using ISL

Limerick College of Further Education

Sign Language (SLAI Level 1)

This programme is suitable for individuals who have completed a basic sign language programme and who wish to develop skills in Irish sign language for effective communication with deaf or hard of hearing relatives, employees and customers in a variety of situations.

Sign Language (SLAI Level 2 & QQI Level 4)

This programme is suitable for individuals who have completed Level 1 programme (and obtained a high grade) and who wish to develop their skills in Irish sign language to a higher level. It will also equip the participant with the relevances knowledge, skill and competence to communicate at lower intermediate level in Irish sign language

Sign Language (SLAI Level 3 & QQI Level 5)

This programme is suitable for individuals who have completed the Sign Language Level 2 programme (and obtained a high grade ) and who wish to develop their skills in Irish Sign Language to a higher level. Participants will gain the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate in the intermediate language in the target language







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