Cheryl Sims signing success! | Adult Learning Wales

Cheryl Sims signing success!


Our learner Cheryl Sims shares her experience of completing two British Sign Language courses throughout lockdown and tells us what motivated her.

Cheryl says, “I have wanted to learn British Sign Language for a long time. I learnt the alphabet when I was 15, but that was the extent of it, so I really wanted to learn more! I'm very grateful that I’m now able to communicate with more people in my community.

My desire to learn BSL was sparked more recently as we have a comics and tabletop gaming shop in Merthyr town centre and I really wanted to be able to communicate with my customers. It's important that we talk to our customers because they have become more like friends. I've already had a chance to use BSL both in the shop and whilst I was out Christmas shopping recently. I am now enjoying the ability to finally communicate with a section of the community now that I have learnt BSL. There is a lot more to learn but I am looking forward to learning more.

I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the online classes. I have met some wonderful new people including Mary (the Tutor) and I've made friends that I plan to stay in contact with when the course finishes. Mary is a fabulous teacher; she ensures you understand and makes sure you are learning what you need.

By participating in these courses, I have learnt how to hold a basic conversation with someone using British Sign Language. It was also my first time using Microsoft Teams and Moodle, so I developed my technical skills too. Last year technical issues were some of the biggest problems to overcome, but this has mostly been resolved. I would love to have the opportunity to get back to learning in person, but for now, online learning allows me to continue to learn whilst most venues are closed.

Cheryl concludes, “I was amazed to learn that there are lots of courses available for adult learners and a lot of them are fully funded. I am now looking at signing up for another course! It's wonderful to be able to learn new things, broaden my knowledge and meet new people. The tutor I have is extremely supportive and I've only encountered positive and supportive people throughout my dealings with Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales.”

It’s great to hear about Cheryl’s achievements and we wish her well with her continued learning!

To find a British Sign Language course, click here.

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