Lipreading and managing hearing loss: advanced

Course Dates: 24/09/20 - 24/06/21
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Location: Online

Build on your lipreading skills, practise your communication tactics and update your knowledge of relevant equipment and services. Suitable if you have practised lipreading skills at improvers' level.

Term 1 of this course will be delivered online up to Dec 2020 and will be a mixture of live streaming with a tutor and pre-filmed content for home study. Face-to-face teaching for this course in the building may resume if feasible after Dec 2020.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

Increase your awareness, perception and interpretation of lip patterns, along with other visual and contextual clues to spoken English. Share information and experiences relevant to everybody with an acquired hearing loss.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- theory and practice of lipreading - revision of core theory as appropriate to class members' needs and introduction of more complex theoretical points.
- awareness and development of your own communication skills particularly in relation to other hearing impaired people.
- further development of other relevant skills: memory, concentration, observation, awareness of rhythm, situation, context, facial expression and body language.
- information on new assistive equipment, services and hearing loss as requested by class members.

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

- identify and switch between sounds/words/phrases that look similar when lipreading.
- develop your own communication skills particularly in relation to other hearing impaired people.
- update and share information on assistive equipment, services and hearing loss as relevant to members of the group.

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

You will have an acquired hearing loss and will be proficient in spoken English to communicate with others. You will be able to read simple English sentences.
You will have attended both a beginners' and improvers' lipreading course, or you will have agreed with the tutor that the level of the class is appropriate for you.

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

A variety of teaching methods will be used in each session including structured exercises, drills, prose, role play, quizzes and practical work. Students will work in large groups, smaller groups and pairs. Information may be shared by means of handouts, demonstrations, discussion, presentations.

In term 1 this will be taught through a mixture of live streaming with a tutor and pre-filmed content for home study.

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

Please bring a notebook, pen and A4 folder.

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

You will be given information about other courses that may be relevant e.g. Mindfulness skills for hearing loss, Manage your tinnitus.


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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.

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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/06/2019)
Course is very useful and interesting.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/06/2019)
This is one of these life changing classes, not in the apocalyptic way of St Paul on the road to Damascus but very subtly, so subtly in fact, that it will not be you that notices the change for the better in how you handle your hearing loss as you go about your daily business, but those around you.

This class helps you deal with the daily challenges of life that afflict the hearing impaired that others without this affliction do not have to cope with. It enlightens you on several issues:- how to deal with the recalcitrant mumbler who won’t look at you as he/she or it types away on the keyboard (excuse me dear, but I lipread so I’d be grateful if you could look at me when you are speaking to me), where to sit in a restaurant when going out with friends (back to the wall and the importance of seeing your friends in a good light, both physically and metaphorically!), what to do when attending a lecture (technology is a wonderful thing), the place of fingerspelling /sign language in the real world (how to order that all important gin and tonic across a crowded bar!) and so on.

The class is a safe haven where you can try out things, laugh at your own and each other’s mistakes, an example of which is the following – you know when you said you liked chopped livers, I thought you said you liked shoplifting!
The class teaches you how to deal with the perils of the Christmas season. How on earth can you muddle up chocolate and turkey? Quite easily my dear, look at yourself mouthing them in a mirror without voice. You know, it’s not so weird as you think, in Mexico they cook their meat with chocolate! It’s called mole,( not the rat type version, the e has an accent on it!).

While lipreading is just like learning a foreign language, the class is more than just a language class. It’s like a club and the coffee break assumes almost as great an importance as the class itself (but don’t tell the teacher that). We go for a coffee break, we sit down and chat just like any other class going for their break but the difference is that we are all inclusive, we maintain that all important eye contact, touch each other on the shoulders when we want their attention before we start speaking and repeat as necessary. We’re mindful of each other.

Not that the class is boring, far from it. There’s the topical subject of a noteworthy news item that you can later use to strike up a conversation (makes a change from asking how are you!), the memory games to ensure you don’t lapse into dementia, the get-up and chat exercises to ensure there is no chance of getting a DVT, and a mystery topic. And finally, there’s the weekly serial, the lipreading equivalent of Radio 4’s book at bedtime that grips you that you just have to come back and find out what happened next!
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Review by Talinom / (Posted on 13/08/2018)

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Course Code: GL402

Thu, day, 24 Sep - 24 Jun '21

Duration: 30 sessions (over 40 weeks)

Full fee: £339.00
Senior fee: £207.00
Concession: £149.00

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