Lipreading and managing hearing loss: improvers

Course Dates: 23/09/21 - 23/06/22
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
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Develop your lipreading skills and strategies for face-to-face communication and keep up-to-date with relevant equipment and services. This course is suitable if you have completed a beginners class or attended lipreading class at improvers' level.
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 fee £339.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £149.00

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Full Thu, day, 23 Sep - 23 Jun '22

Duration: 30 sessions (over 40 weeks)

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What is the course about?

You will practise lipreading visible and less visible lipshapes, vowel lip shapes and improve your skills and tactics to support lipreading. This course will give you further practice in managing situations that can be difficult with hearing
loss.

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?

- theory and practice of lipreading - study of visual clues to spoken English
- awareness of other relevant skills: memory, concentration, observation, awareness of rhythm, situation, context, facial expression and body language
- information on useful equipment, services and any new developments relevant to hearing loss
- practical advice on how to manage situations to make it easier to lipread and make the best use of any residual hearing.

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

- recognise which speech sounds/shapes are helpful when lipreading, which are less helpful and which may cause confusion
- identify strategies/tactics that help to minimise difficulties and be able to share these with others
- update and share information relevant to adults with an acquired hearing loss.

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 during teaching to confirm spoken words.

You will have attended a beginners' lipreading class or you will have agreed with the tutor that the level of the class is appropriate for you.

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?

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

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, notepad 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.