Lipreading taster session

Course Dates: 12/09/22
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Location: Keeley Street
Come along to this free, fun taster session to experience what a lipreading class is like. Aimed at those who use spoken English as their main means of communication. Suitable for people who have little or no knowledge of lipreading.

This course will be taught in spoken English and not in sign language.
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Course Code: GL611

Available start dates 

Mon, day, 12 Sep - 12 Sep '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This is a one-off free taster session to give you an idea of what happens in a lipreading class. The class will be a fun and relaxed group where you will practise a few lipreading activities with the teacher and with the other people in the group. There will be no more than 12 in the class, so it’s an informal and unthreatening environment in which to have a go. If you enjoy the class, you can discuss course options with the tutor at the end. This course is for those who use spoken English as their main means of communication (not BSL users).

What will we cover?

- Learn about some sounds which can be seen, but which look alike - and why
- Find out about other skills used to lipread: e.g. context and facial expression
- Practise lipreading some simple sentences.

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

- have an awareness of factors involved in lipreading
- know about the sorts of activities you would do in one of our lipreading classes.

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 to confirm spoken words. No previous experience of lipreading is necessary.

This course will be taught in spoken English and not in 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.

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?

There are no materials or extra costs. You will find it helpful to bring a pen, notebook and A4 folder for handouts.

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

You may wish to move on to one of our ‘Lipreading and managing hearing loss’ classes. You may also be interested in our short courses such as ‘Assertiveness and hearing loss’ and ‘Alexander Technique workshop for hard of hearing people’. The tutor can advise you at the end of your course.

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.