Lipreading teacher training course

Course Dates: 21/03/16 - 22/12/17
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Would you like to teach lipreading to adults? Combine this course with a teaching qualification, such as our Award in Education and Training (C&G 6502) for Lipreading Teachers (course code GT105), and you will qualify as a teacher of lipreading in the lifelong learning sector. Attend City Lit for four lecture blocks and undertake observation and teaching practice in your local area. Tutors: Fiona Pickett and Lorraine Braggins.


What is the course about?

Would you like to teach lipreading to adults? If combined with a teaching qualification such as our GT105 Award in Education and Training (C&G6502) for lipreading teachers, successful completion of this course will qualify you to teach lipreading in the further education sector. You will attend City Lit for four lecture blocks and undertake observation and teaching practice in your local area. You will acquire the knowledge, skill and attitude necessary to qualify as a teacher of lipreading to deaf adults who use speech as their main means of communication, the vast majority of whom will have an acquired hearing loss.

Teaching dates:
Mon - Thurs 21st- 24th March 2016
Tue - Thurs 5th -7th July 2016
Tue - Fri 4th -7th October 2016
Tue - Thurs 17th – 19th January 2017
Fri - 7th April 2017

Please note: acceptance on this course is subject to a suitably qualified lipreading mentor being available
in the area of the applicant and recruitment of sufficient numbers of students on the course.

What will we cover?

The course will include:
- the theory and practice of teaching lipreading to post-lingually deaf people
- the physiological processes and the psychology of the adult with an acquired hearing loss
- the effects of acquired hearing loss upon the communication of adults and ways of alleviating those effects
- ways in which amplification, lipreading and communication are optimised by those with hearing loss
- the phonology of spoken English and its application to lipreading learning and teaching
- specialist techniques and methodology for teaching lipreading
- services and assistive aids to those with acquired hearing loss.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Demonstrate knowledge of:
- how adults with an acquired hearing loss lipread
- how to recognise, select and use appropriate methods and techniques throughout a course in teaching
lipreading to adults with an acquired hearing loss
- the importance of voice and devoice, and show how residual hearing can be combined with lipreading
- the factors affecting optimum conditions for lipreading in any situation
- how to encourage adults with acquired deafness to maximise these factors
- the impact of acquired deafness on people
- how to explain the types and causes of deafness to adults with an acquired hearing loss
- how to explain relevant environmental aids to adults with an acquired hearing loss
- when other professional help is needed and how to make appropriate suggestions to adults with an
acquired hearing loss
- the routes to obtaining a hearing aid and the roles of professionals in ENT/Audiology.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No formal academic qualifications are required, although you will need to demonstrate that you can work at Level 4 (i.e. first year undergraduate level).
In order to get the most from this course you will need to be able to:
- express yourself clearly, fluently and accurately, both verbally and in written English
- research, read, comprehend and analyse text
- write concisely, using different styles, format and structure for different purposes, applying accuracy in grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Acceptance onto the course follows a successful interview. Prior to interview, you should visit at least three lipreading classes to help gain some awareness of the role of a lipreading teacher with adults with acquired hearing loss.

The aims of the interview are to find out if you:
- have clear lip patterns when not using your voice
- have a clear speaking voice
- are able to use English confidently and accurately in both written and spoken forms (you will complete a piece of written work during the interview)
- demonstrate an ability to understand and apply the work of the course
- are empathetic to the needs of adults with an acquired hearing loss

You will also need basic computer skills including word processing, using email, and researching topics on the internet.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by means of lectures, distance learning, demonstrations, group work, pair work, individual work, handouts, tests, teaching practice, tutorial, visits and observation.
You will also write assignments in your own time and compile a coursework portfolio containing session plans, teaching material, tutor assessments and self-evaluations.

The course uses Moodle, a Virtual Learning Environment. Resources, discussion and news forums will all be available on this site. Your assignments will be submitted and feedback will be given via Moodle.

A substantial part of the course will be completed outside the lecture blocks held at City Lit. You will be paired with an experienced mentor in your local area and will be expected to do teaching practice in your mentor's classes. Feedback on this teaching will be given in a tutorial. You will also observe your mentor and other lipreading teachers.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will be given a reading list; books will be available from the City Lit library
You will need to bring:
Paper, pens, a course folder to organise session handouts, task sheets and notes from sessions, dividers, memory stick and other stationery items
Additional costs as follows:
- Postage for assignments, portfolios etc
- Travel costs relating to course, observation and teaching practice
- Cost of staying in London during lecture blocks (to be arranged by the student)
- Membership of Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA). Student membership is currently free.

Do I need to check my level before I enrol?

Yes. Before you can enrol on this course, you need to have an advisory interview with the relevant department. Without this the enrolment team will be unable to process your enrolment. Please contact the department to arrange your interview, or to find out about drop-in sessions. To express an interest, find out more about the course or request more information and an application form, please email or telephone 020 7492 2725.

What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made. Verbal and/or written feedback will be given on teaching practice, assignments and course portfolios, and in tutorials. Your progress with be regularly assessed and monitored by your mentor and the course team.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses. There will be an opportunity to evaluate your course at the end of every lecture block and at the end of the course.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, visit
If you require funding for the course, we advise you to start enquiries well in advance of the commencement of the course. There is no need to wait until an offer of a place has been made. Students who are sponsored by a local education authority or other body who wish us to invoice them for fees must obtain a letter from the sponsor requesting City Lit to invoice them. If we do not receive a letter of authorisation, the student will be responsible for the fees.

Bursaries may be available from ATLA Please contact them direct.
If you wish to apply for a City Lit bursary, please speak to our Information and Advice team who can discuss options with you, and tell you more about how to apply. Or follow this link for more information and the application form -

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are regular CPD workshops for lipreading teachers.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


This course has now started

Course Code: GT106

Started Mon-Fri, day, 21 Mar - 22 Dec '17

Duration: 15 sessions (over 21 months)

Full fee: £2,170.00
Senior fee: £2,170.00
Concession: £2,170.00
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