Introduction to Lipreading

Course Dates: 20/04/21 - 15/06/21
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Location: Online

Find out about the skills involved in lipreading and build your confidence in understanding conversations. Suitable if you have little or no experience of lipreading.

This course will be delivered online.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Learn how to recognise some sounds that are visible on the lips and how to use other tactics to support lipreading.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don’t have a computer. The classes work best using a desktop device. You can access the class using a tablet or phone but the screen size will limit your ability to lipread.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- learn which sounds can be seen, which look alike and why.
- develop an awareness of other skills used to lipread:
memory, concentration, observation, awareness of rhythm, situation, context, facial expression and body language.

This course will also give you strategies to manage situations that can be difficult with hearing loss as well as provide information on services and equipment that could helpful.

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

- recognise visible speech sounds and their value
- recognise which consonants look alike on the lips
- understand the process of lipreading and the various skills used
- understand the factors that make lipreading easier.

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

You will have an acquired hearing loss and use spoken English to communicate with others.
Straightforward written sentences are used in exercises and on the screen to confirm spoken words. No previous experience of lipreading is necessary. You may also like to attend this course to support a friend or family member who has hearing loss.

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

In class there will be group work, pair work, practical work, lecture, demonstration and discussion.

This will be taught through a mixture of live streaming and online content for home study.

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

Please bring a pen and notebook to the session.

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

From this course you will be able to progress to other lipreading classes of whatever level decided by mutual agreement and discussion.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This is an excellent introduction to lipreading
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Review by mike / (Posted on 26/06/2019)
This course is a fantastic introduction to lip reading and I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject whether they have any hearing loss or not.
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Review by Nicholas Ayre / (Posted on 20/06/2019)
If you are experiencing hearing loss this course is invaluable.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/06/2019)
You'll learn quite a lot and, in turn, gain more confidence in social situations. You will feel in good company as most in the group are hearing impaired in some way.
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Review by Carol D. / (Posted on 11/06/2019)
An enjoyable, enthusing and stimulating course. The teacher clearly has a well grounded knowledge of deaf issues, but kept the touch light and fun. A thorough grounding in a very useful skill.
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Review by Robin / (Posted on 08/07/2018)
It was a really great introduction to lipreading. I liked the friendly atmosphere, the collaborative exercises and the quality of the teaching. I also appreciated the support materials and discussions of wider issues relating to impaired hearing in social situations. My only small downside is that I wondered whether we could have covered more in 8 weeks (or whether it could have been a shorter and cheaper course).
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Review by MPB / (Posted on 03/07/2017)
This was my first course on lipreading. Lorraine, the tutor made the course varied, informative and fun. I feel I have learnt quite a bit and have signed up for the follow on course.
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Review by James / (Posted on 01/07/2017)
Excellent introduction, brilliant lecturer, good methodology, can't recommended it enough.
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Review by Archer / (Posted on 30/06/2017)
This was a great course, with a brilliant tutor - professional, friendly and welcoming.

Everything we covered was clear, and presented in an engaging way. The pace was good, allowing us time to absorb information, and go back over things if we needed to, whist keeping moving through a good variety of exercises to practice what we were learning.

Our tutor promoted a really positive attitude and enabled us all to work together, and to share our own experiences if we wanted to. It’s great to be in a classroom with people who are facing the same barriers. I have been hard of hearing for about 15 years and have learned a lot of communication techniques during that time, but I still got lots out of this course and highly recommend it.
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Review by Christina / (Posted on 07/09/2016)
So useful to know what can be achieved. Also good to compare notes with other hearing aid users.
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Review by Linda / (Posted on 06/07/2016)
This class was EXCELLENT. The tutor is a superb teacher. I have poor mobility and she bent over backwards to help me. She made sure everyone in the class was included. The atmosphere she created in the classroom was one of friendly professionalism. This gave everyone in the class the confidence to talk to everyone. Not only did we learn how to read lips but we also learnt about the context of the subject being talked about. As some letters are almost impossible to lip read, the tutor taught us fingerspelling. I cannot recommend this class highly enough. The tutor is EXCELLENT.
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Review by Kassandra. / (Posted on 06/07/2016)
An excellent course and one I would highly recommend to anyone faced with the challenges of hearing loss and deafness.
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Review by Ann / (Posted on 01/03/2016)
An eye-opener to a new discipline: hearing though seeing. I am deaf in one ear and have difficulty following conversations, especially in crowded situations. The course taught me that to follow a conversation I have to become more of a lateral thinker rather than rely solely on my ear, to observe the movements of the speaker’s mouth, teeth and tongue, be aware of facial expressions and body language: basically use my eye to hear! The course also taught how to use strategies and technologies for better hearing (seeing?). The best thing about the course was the resourceful and patient tutor who treated everyone with the same amount of energy and enthusiasm regardless of the individual’s ability and degree of progress. The course has given me enough confidence (after 9 years of denial) to come out about my hardness of hearing. I will be following the course to the next stage, hoping that it will be as inspiring as this one.
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Review by Giti / (Posted on 06/07/2015)
The teacher was excellent and the classes were very enjoyable with lots of exercises. A great introduction.
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Review by Simon / (Posted on 01/07/2015)
A really fun and enjoyable course, despite the fact that lipreading turned out to be quite a lot more challenging than I had expected. This was a very good introduction, and well worth doing before trying a longer course
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Review by CheerfulChris / (Posted on 01/07/2015)
first class introduction to lip-reading with a first class teacher. The only minor downsides are 2 hours intense concentration required & some bits would be of benefit if ones partner could bepresent
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Review by John / (Posted on 01/07/2015)

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Course Code: GL214

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Tue, day, 20 Apr - 15 Jun '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £139.00
Concession: £61.00

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