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Irish Sign Language Courses

Our next term will be our Autumn Term starting 12th September 2022.

We will also continue to provide professional ISL courses and training to companies, individuals (One-to-One) and private groups aiming to achieve their own success.

Contact: islclasses@irishdeafsociety.ie for more information

Irish Sign Language (ISL)

If you want to learn or improve your Irish Sign language, you’ve come to the right place!

We provide fun and easy ways to learn ISL. We teach ISL for every age group and our classes take place at the Deaf Village Ireland and in primary and secondary schools, universities, public departments and private business throughout Ireland.

All our classes are provided by qualified Irish Sign Language teachers from the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College. Our curriculum that is designed to follow the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and QQI framework.

Please note: The IDS is committed to accomodating diversity and treats all applicants equally regardless of gender, civil status, family staus, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, ethnicity, membership of the Traveller community and socio-economic status.

QQI Award Level 3 Irish Sign Language 1 is a beginner’s course where you will learn to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases and learn more about our language and culture.

Students will:
Learn to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases of ISL such as daily greetings, social courtesies, food and drink, social and simple work-related signs
Introduce and interact with others in a simple way in ISL as well as learning your own personal sign immersing you in many aspects of our language and culture.

Award Type: Minor

Credit Value: 10

CEFR: Basic User: Level A1 (breakthrough) – A2 (waystage)

Fee: ONLY €250.00 (including examination fee)

Classes run for 15 weeks @ 1.5 hours per week

Entry Requirements: None except learners must be aged 16 years or older.

Due to Covid-19 our ISL classrooms will remain closed until further notice. We are delivering all our ISL online classes using Zoom video conferencing.

QQI Award Level 4 Irish Sign Language 2 is a pre-intermediate course where students understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of everyday life. When you finish this course you will have a degree of fluency and be able to engage in conversation with ISL signers. Level 4 courses suit those who have successfully completed our Level 3 course or good level of ISL skills that will progress you to QQI Award Level 5.

Students will:

Learn to understand sentences and frequently used expressions in everyday life.

Learn about basic conversation for family and daily life including shopping, geography, employment.

Learn simple and direct conversation with a degree of fluency and in these classes you will become immersed in our language and our culture.

This course suits those who have successfully completed our Level 3 course or have a good level of ISL skills which will enable you to progress to QQI Award Level 5.

Award Type: Minor

Credit Value: 10

CEFR: Independent User

Level A2 (waystage) – B1 (vantage)

Fee: ONLY €340.00 (including examination fee)

Classes run for 20 weeks @ 1.5hours per week

Entry Requirements: Learners must be aged 16 years or older. Learners are expected also to have successfully completed the QQI Level 3 ISL course recently or demonstrate evidence of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).

All our courses will be delivered online unless otherwise stated. 

Protection for Enrolled Learners

The IDS FET provide their enrolled learners with Protection for Enrolled Learners (PEL), that is Insurance for fees paid for a course. This means that in the event that IDS FET closes before completion of your course that we provide, we have a mechanism in place to either ensure you are placed with another education provider to complete your course, or for you to receive a refund of fees last paid.

The IDS FET provide learners with insurance policies underwritten by Aviva Insurance Ireland DAC against the risk of failure of IDS FET to deliver the academic course which you have paid for. This policy provides, at a minimum, for the return of the fees mostly recently paid. Where possible, with your agreement, instead of the return of fees the insurance policy will provide for the continuation of your course. This satisfies the requirement of the Education Act 2012. Full information, Terms and Conditions are contained in the policy documentation issued by Arachas Corporate Brokers.

To book a place you must over 16 years of age.

Book a course below by clicking on the one you are interested in and completing the form.

We offer ISL group classes for teens, children and toddlers, please contact us.

If you have any questions you can email islclasses@irishdeafsociety.ie

Looking for information about Deaf adult classes? Click here.


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(We will update this page as more information becomes available, so please check back regularly and social media to stay informed.)