KCL British Sign Language Society
King's College London
We are KCL British Sign Language (BSL) Society. We are a society who aims to raise awareness of Deaf culture and British Sign Language and build relationships between the KCL Student Body and the wider London Deaf community.
Our awareness talks are at the core of what we do and involve external speakers from a range of different careers and backgrounds talking (usually in BSL) about their experiences as D/deaf or hard of hearing individuals. As part of the various Liberation History Festivals (eg Black History Month, LGBT+ History Month) we have organised lectures exploring the intersectionality of being Deaf and a member of another minority group. All lectures are fully interpreted between BSL and spoken English. We rely on external funding to employ BSL interpreters at our events.
We additionally run 'Introduction to BSL' courses that allow beginners to learn some basic conversational British Sign Language. The course consists of online lessons, as well as weekly group practice sessions over the course of 8 weeks led by more experienced KCL students. We also created a new London Learner's Deaf Pub! This is ideal for any D/deaf or hard of hearing students, or for anyone who already has some signing skill, who would like to meet members of the wider London Deaf community.
Both the face-to-face practice sessions and Learner's Deaf Pub are temporarily paused while social distancing measures are in place. However, we intend to ensure that the course can continue online and any lectures can take place using video conferencing where possible.
We are ideally looking for sponsorship to allow us to book BSL interpreters for our events and for committee meetings. For more information please get in touch with us via email at
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