Explosion of people learning sign language in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire!

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Tutor Jamie Billam with a student

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are experiencing an explosion of people wanting to learn British Sign Language.

Over 70 students have begun courses with Sign Language Academy this month and that’s in addition to the 55 students we have already taught this year so far! All together Sign Language Academy has delivered sign language courses to 125 students since January.

Enrollment has already opened for courses beginning in January 2016 in Cambridge. Jamie Billam, Sign Language Academy’s senior tutor will be teaching new level 1 and level 2 students in the new year. You can enrol for those courses here or register your interest for other up coming BSL courses

Andy Palmer, Managing Director of Cambridgeshire Deaf Association said: “This is great news on so many levels. Not only is it brilliant that there is such enthusiasm for this beautiful language in our area, but we have learners from many public services taking part and any surplus from these courses goes towards our community fund which is there for the benefit of deaf people in this area.”

“I was fortunate enough to learn sign language from a young age and develop it over time. It’s a beautiful language and one I would encourage anyone to get to know.”

Courses are often over subscribed so potential learners are advised to enrol as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information please see our Sign Language Academy page.

Join in! Sign Language Live coming to Peterborough!

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Are you fascinated by sign language? Wondered about leaning but not sure if its for you? Why not join us for Sign Language Live and see what it’s all about.

Join Gem Dixon as she goes through some of the basics of sign language in an easy to learn and no pressure environment so you can see if its something you’d like to learn more of.

We’re running three sessions in three great locations – come along and see what it’s all about!

  • 29th July 6:30pm at the Serpentine Green Shopping Centre (in the Food Court), Peterborough.
  • 4th August 7pm at ICA, The Fleet, Fletton, Peterborough
  • 24th August at 7pm Paul Pry, Lincoln Road, Peterborough

See you there! If you have any questions, please get in touch!

Remember, learning sign language with CDA Sign Language Academy supports the local deaf community and the work we do to improve the lives of deaf people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.


Cambridge University medical students begin fast-track BSL at CDA Sign Language Academy

Sign Language Academy Cambridge Uni

For the seventh consecutive year, CDA Sign Language Academy Senior Tutor Jamie Billiam welcomes students from Cambridge University’s Medical School for their fast-track British Sign Language Level 1 course.

The six students will be learning BSL to the level 1 certificate with some deaf awareness and medical sign language part of the specially adapted curriculum. The course will take place every day over 4-weeks at CDA’s Hope Hall in Cambridge.

In the picture, Jamie Billiam welcomes Cambridge University Medical Student Matt Folks to the course.

Andy Palmer, Managing Director of CDA said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome the students today as part of the successful long-term relationship we have with Cambridge University.

“Jamie is a first-class tutor and his students will, after only 4-weeks, come away with great knowledge, skill, and a qualification too.

“There’s already lots of interest in our courses in Peterborough, Huntingdon and Cambridge beginning in September, I would encourage anyone to do what the medical students did and get yourself registered on a course because places will be limited.”

If you would like to know more about sign language classes for your workplace or if you would like to register your interest for one of our many courses, please check out what’s on offer or get in touch.


Drinks on us as our academy students pass their sign language exams

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Here are some happy people with a glass of bubbly celebrating with their BSL Level 1 certificates with tutor Sarah Evagora (right).

Cathy McCluskey (left), Lizzie Harvey & Mike Snoswell recieved thier certificates after their Level 2 course at our newly refurbished base in Cambridge.

Everyone at CDA Sign Language Academy send their congratulations!

Register for one of our courses starting in September and begin your life changing journey! 

Unprecedented demand sees 40 students join CDA Sign Language Academy courses


Charlene Spires teaches BSL Level 1 in Peterborough

40 students have signed up to join Sign Language Classes provided by the CDA Sign Language Academy in January which is welcome news for the area’s deaf and sign language community

At the time of writing, spaces are still available for BSL Level 2 in Cambridge but level 1 in Cambridge and in Peterborough are fully booked or underway with unprecedented demand from people wanting to learn in the new year.

This year, CDA Sign Language Academy welcomes Peterborough’s Charlene Spires as it’s latest teacher who joins Sarah Evagora and Jamie Billam who will be taking care of students in Cambridge on our BSL Level 1, Level 2 and Fast-track courses.

Sarah Evagora

Sarah Evagora is our level 2 tutor

Sign language isn’t just a fascinating language to learn, but can provide access to a whole new world with the vibrant deaf community and unlock more employment opportunities. It’s well worth seriously considering as a way to spend your future free time.

2015 is the first time that the re-branded CDA Sign Language Academy have offered online registration and monthly instalments as a way to spread the cost of courses – something that has been warmly welcomed by students who can now learn sign language without breaking the bank.

If you would like to join the 40 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough people who are learning sign language now with CDA Sign Language Academy, you can register your interest for the next round of courses that begin in September. As well as continuing the current range of courses currently on offer CDA Sign Language Academy is currently looking for students who want to study BSL Level 2 in Peterborough, BSL Level 1 in Huntingdon, and there is a ‘Fast-Track’ level 1 course planned for April this year with a few spaces left.

Don’t forget – there’s still time to sign-up for level 2 in Cambridge beginning on Wednesday next week!

The rebranded CDA Sign Language Academy was launched in late 2014

The rebranded CDA Sign Language Academy was launched in late 2014 and has broadened its reach across Cambridgeshire to Peterborough.