Introduction to Lipreading

Course Dates: 05/10/21 - 30/11/21
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Location: Online
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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.
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Full Tue, day, 05 Oct - 30 Nov '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)

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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.

The class is taught live on Zoom.
To access the live class 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). Please note a tablet or smart phone is not suitable for this class. The screen size is too small. It will limit your ability to lipread and participate fully in class.
We will contact you by email 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 board* during teaching to confirm spoken words. No previous experience of lipreading is necessary.
You may also like to enrol on this course to support a friend or family member who has hearing loss.

This course will be delivered in spoken English and not sign language.

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.

We aim to make all our lipreading teaching accessible for students with an acquired hearing loss, whether it is an online course or face to face.

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

Please bring pen, notebook and a small mirror to class.
You will need to visit the online Google Classroom before the lesson each week to collect any handouts. Before the lesson you will need to print them or have them open on your computer as preferred.

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.

Nicola Hicks

Nicola teaches from her lived experience as she had sudden hearing loss as an adult. She became interested in lipreading when she attended classes to help her cope at work. She later decided to train as a tutor and qualified at City Lit in 2017. She taught classes at Community Learning MK then joined City in 2019 as Teacher Coordinator. Nicola has a background in distance learning from 14 years at the Open University. She always believed it would be possible to teach lipreading online. In 2020 lockdown provided the opportunity to develop this idea. Nicola teaches classes at all levels and had delivered classes at the Royal Chelsea Hospital. She has an interest in how acquired hearing loss impacts people at work teaches a workshop: Managing Hearing Loss at Work. Nicola is a member of the Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.