You all know that the winners of our sign language poll was www.british-sign.co.uk and as promised we are pleased to give all our readers a nice walk around of the British Sign website so they can all understand just why it won.
When you land on the website it is very easy on the eye with a really nice and friendly design. The two tone colouring gives it a striking yet really comfortable feel. We especially liked the use of the little boy with his hands coloured in.
To touch a little more on the design the logo with the hands really stands out to us and will be easily recognisable within their websites industry.
Another feature that site visitors will notice is, upon hovering over the main navigation buttons you see some nice moving flash imagery that is specific and relevant to each category. This is a really nice touch because you donâ€™t even have to leave the home page to get an understanding about what the rest of the website is about.
This page hasnâ€™t won our poll simply because it looks pretty but having a nice website will certainly help when getting their information across and visitors will find the website easier to use. Most of the comments we received about the website were about how nice and easy to use the site was.
What Else Helped It Win?
Lets break down each section and give our views on just why this website outperformed the rest.
What is British Sign Language?
This was our favourite section because here you can find out everything you ever needed to know about the subject. This section also boasts an internal navigational structure that allows its page visitors to skip to the exact section they require rather than having to read through everything.
Other websites should learn from this as assuming that all visitors no nothing of the subject can put those visitors who do off. By providing the easy to use navigation they have kept all their visitors happy.
As well as the nice navigation when you click on a question you get a really nice big header title at the top of the page.
This is an excellent resource as this area provides various formats of the finger spelling alphabet in PDF, JPEG or Word which is excellent as again they have taken their site visitors into consideration by not assuming everybody has Adobe Reader or Microsoft Office installed.
Apart from that like the previous section there are lots of specific files on finger spelling in an easy to use list. Resources include free instructional videos, charts, tools and much more. All of the files off this page are extremely detailed and work nicely for a beginner or somebody who is more advanced.
Online BSL Course
As well as lots of free information this website also offers an online course for those people who want to really get into the subject matter.
At first when you see the words online course you may be forgiven into thinking that it is going to be expensive. However at just Â£15 for one yearâ€™s enrollement this course offers exceptional value for money and looking at the wonderful course reviews it has received you wouldnâ€™t go far wrong in enrolling yourself.
The beginners pack is offered to further help the online students get the most out of the course. British Sign do not force its users to sign up to them both but if purchased together their site visitors get a jam packed CD with lots of information to help them even more with the course but they offer both enrolment and CD for the value price of Â£49.99.
You can of course purchase the CD on its own from the BSL CD Rom page that can be found from the home page for a bargain price of Â£39.99
Anybody who is serious about learning British Sign will agree that even at this fee it is still really exceptional value.
All in all this is an excellent resource and by reading the above we are sure all our readers will agree. This website offers everything, nice design, easy layout, free information and very affordable further learning. We urge you to visit this excellent website today at www.british-sign.co.uk.
Well done guys keep up the excellent work â€“ DHC Editorial Team
Since our original post British Sign kindly let us behind the scenes of theirÂ on-lineÂ course. Â We have had a good look round and thought we would follow up with a niceÂ rundownÂ of this great course.
In some cases withÂ on-lineÂ coursesÂ enrolmentÂ can be a little messy and time consuming, with British Sign you are at the course dashboard within minutes of registering. Â
As expected there are seven exceptionally detailed lessons within the course literature all jam packed with great information, videos and easy to understand instructions. We won’t give the course content away instead we will leave you to discover that for yourself.
One ofÂ theÂ aspects that we really liked was the introductory pages. Â These pages are all set out in order to help you use the course as it was intended. Â By readingÂ theÂ introduction pages you will gain an understanding of how each lesson is laid out, how each video is presented and details of recommended lesson times and so that your learning experience is much more fluent.
If you get stuck anywhere during the course they also provide a veryÂ helpfulÂ forum where you can chat with other course members. Â if you have a burning question that can’t wait then there will more than likely be somebody onÂ theÂ forum that can help no matter what time of day.
Each lesson closes with a test/quiz to asses your knowledge of the previous lesson. Â theseÂ assessmentsÂ can be taken over and over again so that you can improve your scores or until you are happy that the lesson information has sunk in.
To top this excellent course off, after completion there is a nice certificate for download so that you can show off all your hard work.
The quality of the course didn’t surprise us here especially after we had already seen the quality of the website itself. Â We at the DHC Blog have no reservation in recommending this course to anybody wishing to learn British Sign language.
GO AND SIGN UP TODAY AT WWW.BRITISH-SIGN.CO.UK