Courses to improve communication skills  

Communication is essential to everyday life. It helps you builds relationships, and understand the world around you. We can communicate in many ways, from writing to speaking to using sign language. Improving your communication skills helps you connect with other people.  

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Find your voice

Find your voice with one of our adult education courses. From British Sign Languages courses to adult literacy classes - build your skills. Find fun and helpful courses to help reach your goals.  Learning with the ܽƵ is not like school. It’s learning made for adults and you’ll be taught by supportive tutors. 

Boost your literacy

Boost your English skills, and get a better understanding of grammar. Learn the basics to move onto to a Functional English Skills course. Improve your spelling and gain confidence in reading, with an adult literacy course. Improving your reading and writing as an adult is not as hard as you might think.  

Hearing loss and signing

If you are losing your hearing or you know someone who is hearing impaired, you might need to find new ways to communicate. Develop lip-reading skills and find a supportive class to manage hearing loss. Find BSL signing courses for beginners. Learn to sign basic words then build your sign language skills to have conversations.  Whether you want to learn British Sign Language for yourself or so you can talk to others, take a course with us.  

Makaton signing is different to BSL. It is a way to communicate with people with speech difficulties or SEN. Over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton to communicate. It is very useful if you want to work with people with learning difficulties or you are a carer for a child with special needs. Our Makaton courses help reach people who need you most. If you want to learn Makaton signing, sign up for one of our courses today. 

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Personal Development: Beginners British Sign Language

We welcome you to join our friendly and engaging introduction to British Sign Language course at Hayle Community Centre, Hayle. British Sign Language (BSL) is a language used by D/deaf people to communicate using hand shapes, facial expressions, lip patterns, gestures, and body language. It’s an entirely different language to English. BSL is the preferred language of over 87,000 Deaf people in the UK for whom English may be second or third. This course is suitable for beginners

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 24/04/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Hayle Community Centre
58 Queensway
Hayle
TR27 4NX
Tutor:
Janet Corbett Marston
Course code:
Q00012690
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Beginners British Sign Language (BSL)

If you have contact with deaf people in your day-to-day life, you may want to take a British Sign Language course. Knowing how to sign can make your communication more inclusive for everyone you interact with. This BSL course is suitable for you if you need to communicate with deaf people in a voluntary or community role, or simply through social interactions. This course is aimed at complete beginners. You will start from scratch to learn foundational BSL skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 24/04/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Bullion Hall (Chester le Street)
South Approach
Bullion Lane
Chester le Street
DH2 2DW
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00013854
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Communicating Confidently

Would you like to feel more confident in conversations, meetings, or speaking in public? If you struggle to find your voice or get your point across, this communication skills course can help you feel more comfortable in conversation. Improving your communication skills can go a long way towards boosting your confidence in these situations. Learn effective tools and techniques to improve your communication skills. Whether you want to feel more comfortable meeting new people, holding union meetings or participating in community discussions, these confidence-building exercises can help you.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 08/03/2024 -
Fri 08/03/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
ReCoCo Retreat (Gateshead)
Bowling Pavilion
Saltwell Park
Gateshead
NE8 4SF
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00014346
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50

Communicating Confidently

Would you like to feel more confident in conversations, meetings, or speaking in public? If you struggle to find your voice or get your point across, this communication skills course can help you feel more comfortable in conversation. Improving your communication skills can go a long way towards boosting your confidence in these situations. Learn effective tools and techniques to improve your communication skills. Whether you want to feel more comfortable meeting new people, holding union meetings or participating in community discussions, these confidence-building exercises can help you.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 11/03/2024 -
Mon 11/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Fulwell Day Centre (Sunderland)
Fulwell Road
Sunderland
SR6 9QW
Tutor:
Sharon Vincent
Course code:
Q00012566
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

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Intermediate British Sign Language (BSL)

Knowing how to sign can make your communication more inclusive for everyone you interact with. Build on your skills in British Sign Language to be able to have deeper interactions with deaf people. This BSL course is suitable for you if you need to communicate with deaf people or people with hearing impairments. It can help you in a variety of contexts, for example in a voluntary or community role, or simply through social interactions. This course is aimed at intermediate learners. You will build on your existing BSL skills. If you would like to start from scratch, you can take the beginner’s BSL course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 18/03/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Tutor:
Caroline Cleghorn
Course code:
Q00014128
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Personal Development: BSL Taster

Would you like to feel more confident in conversations, meetings with deaf people? this BSL taster can help you feel more comfortable in conversations with your family members and friends or customers/work colleagues who have hearing impairment. This is a fun and informative introduction to BSL. In this taster session, you will fingerspell the alphabet, learn to spell names and greet each other. Learning BSL can go a long way towards boosting your confidence in different situations. This taster is aimed at complete beginners and those who would like to brush up on their BSL skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 19/03/2024 -
Tue 19/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
WHIST (South Shields)
Salus House
33 Mile end Road
South Shields
NE33 1TA
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00014091
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Communicating Confidently

Would you like to feel more confident in conversations, meetings, or speaking in public? If you struggle to find your voice or get your point across, this communication skills course can help you feel more comfortable in conversation. Improving your communication skills can go a long way towards boosting your confidence in these situations. Learn effective tools and techniques to improve your communication skills. Whether you want to feel more comfortable meeting new people, holding union meetings or participating in community discussions, these confidence-building exercises can help you.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 20/03/2024 -
Wed 20/03/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Washington Millennium Centre (WASHINGTON
The Oval
Concord
WASHINGTON
NE37 2QD
Tutor:
Jayne Liddle
Course code:
Q00012486
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Communicating Confidently

Would you like to feel more confident in conversations, meetings, or speaking in public? If you struggle to find your voice or get your point across, this communication skills course can help you feel more comfortable in conversation. Improving your communication skills can go a long way towards boosting your confidence in these situations. Learn effective tools and techniques to improve your communication skills. Whether you want to feel more comfortable meeting new people, holding union meetings or participating in community discussions, these confidence-building exercises can help you.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 21/03/2024 -
Thu 21/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Fulwell Day Centre (Sunderland)
Fulwell Road
Sunderland
SR6 9QW
Tutor:
Jayne Liddle
Course code:
Q00012480
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Communicating Confidently

Would you like to feel more confident in conversations, meetings, or speaking in public? If you struggle to find your voice or get your point across, this communication skills course can help you feel more comfortable in conversation. Improving your communication skills can go a long way towards boosting your confidence in these situations. Learn effective tools and techniques to improve your communication skills. Whether you want to feel more comfortable meeting new people, holding union meetings or participating in community discussions, these confidence-building exercises can help you.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 22/03/2024 -
Fri 22/03/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
WHIST (South Shields)
Salus House
33 Mile end Road
South Shields
NE33 1TA
Tutor:
Kelly Ness
Course code:
Q00013008
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Communicating Confidently

Would you like to feel more confident in conversations, meetings, or speaking in public? If you struggle to find your voice or get your point across, this communication skills course can help you feel more comfortable in conversation. Improving your communication skills can go a long way towards boosting your confidence in these situations. Learn effective tools and techniques to improve your communication skills. Whether you want to feel more comfortable meeting new people, holding union meetings or participating in community discussions, these confidence-building exercises can help you.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 27/03/2024 -
Wed 27/03/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Community Club
Macrae House
Sea View Walk
Murton
SR7 9NA
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00013420
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40