SignSay offers British Sign Language courses remotely and in-person from its premises on Bow Road in East London.
Whether you are losing your hearing, want to communicate to the deaf or teach your children to sign, learning sign language helps remove barriers between the deaf and non-deaf worlds. It’s also a great way to keep your mind active and it looks good on your CV too.
SignSay offers flexible training formats to suit your schedule and needs, including courses, one-day intensive training, private tutorials or group sessions. There is also a downloadable, pre-recorded course for people who want to learn on their own. The first lesson is always free, so you can decide if the course is for you before you commit.
The training programmes are designed and led by founder Mohammed Ali, a fully qualified sign language teacher with over seven years of experience. SignSay is fully accredited and students who complete their training will be able to receive qualifications from either Signature or CPD Certification Service. SignSay also works with schools to offer sign language as a course for young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh qualifications.
SignSay is located at Mainyard Studios where you find sessions being taught online in front of a green screen or in-person in the garden with groups of children or adults.
Not everyone realises this but British Sign Language involves facial sign language. The sign for pregnant must include puffing out the cheeks. Whereas the sign for ‘diet’ as in Diet Coke involves sucking in the cheeks. The sign for light rain is accompanied by a subtle flutter of hands and heavy rain is conveyed with rapidly flapping hands. Ali’s facial features are as proficient as his signing, making this an activity that children will love.
SignSay is happy to organise sessions themed by topic too – the British weather for example – making this a fun and original option idea for office fun days or even birthday parties.
About SignSay founder Mohammed Ali
SignSay was founded by Globe Town resident Mohammed Ali, a teacher at the inclusive Cubbitt Town Primary School on the Isle of Dogs. Here he has taught sign language to non-hearing children and non-hearing parents since 2011.
He first wanted to learn sign language when he held the role of Safeguarding Officer and realised that non-hearing children could not provide disclosures as easily as hearing children. Determined to help protect vulnerable young children, he taught himself sign language in his spare time until he passed the highest qualification, Level Six in BSL.
After several years of teaching sign language to children at his school and to adults at the local Idea Stores, Ali decided to set up SignSay as a fully-fledged Community Interest Company as a way to help bridge the gaps between the deaf or hard of hearing community.
‘It’s my way of paying it forward to the community’, he says. Ali offers free courses for children throughout the summer holidays. He is also in the process of writing a children’s book with an accompanying app called Monkey See Monkey Sign. Watch this space!