Centre for Deaf Education Courses at City Lit

City Lit has provided support for deaf people at its heart right from our establishment, in 1919. Some of the first courses ever offered by City Lit were lipreading classes for deafened soldiers returning from World War I. Over the years, we have grown to become an internationally-renowned centre of a wide range of provision - it is the largest centre of its kind in Europe. Our staff is a mixed group of deaf and hearing professionals; all highly skilled in their own areas of specialist expertise. Learn British sign language with City Lit today.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

For more information on how the Centre for Deaf Education has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our 'adapting to change to support the deaf community' page.

In order to join our deaf English, maths and computing courses, you need to have an interview and initial assessment first.

As well as courses, we also offer support and services for deaf people.

Watch Samba, a student in the Centre for Deaf Education, discuss his experiences of studying at City Lit.

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  1. Communication with older people with a hearing loss

    Course Date: Fri 4 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course will cover the features of age-related hearing loss and how these relate to what, and how, older people hear and understand. Participants will learn communication strategies so that older people can understand them better.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  2. Managing hearing loss in social situations

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Does your hearing loss make it hard to follow conversation in social settings? This short workshop will give you tips and tools to help you feel less shut out and more confident when socialising.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  3. Become more lipreadable

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know a hard of hearing or deaf person who needs to lipread you? Find out how lipreading works and how you can make some small adjustments in order to become more 'lipreadable'.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  4. Confident communication for people with hearing loss

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This five-week practical course is aimed at adults with acquired hearing loss who experience hearing difficulties in everyday situations. Partners, family members and friends are also encouraged to enrol.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £48.00
    Concession: £35.00

  5. Manage your tinnitus

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This four-week practical course is aimed at those with tinnitus who would like to understand it better and learn about techniques to be able to manage it.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £42.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. English for deaf people: reading and writing (entry 1)

    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is suitable if you have enough vocabulary to be able to read and write basic sentences. During this course, you will learn more vocabulary and grammar to help you talk, read and write about yourself, your family and friends and complete forms, short sms and e-mails. This course has no exams.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. Digital skills for deaf people: have an effective interview via video call (entry 2 - Level 1)

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to set up a web camera or use your mobile phone camera to make a video call through Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime or Zoom, and then learn how to prepare for an effective interview.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. BSL taster session

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-off free session to give you a taste of what happens in a British Sign Language class. The class will be a fun and relaxed group where you will learn some basic signs in BSL. If you enjoy the class, you can discuss course options with the tutor at the end.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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