Lipreading teacher training course
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
This course will be a mixed delivery mode. Students will attend City Lit, Covent Garden, London for some of the teaching blocks and access some of the blocks online.
You will attend lecture and teaching practice blocks on the following dates.
2021: October 15th/16th November 12th/13th December 10th/11th
2022: January 14th/15th February 4th/5th March 4th/5th March 25th/26th April 29th/30th May 20th/21st June 17th/18th
If combined with a teaching qualification such as our GT105 Award in Education and Training, this will qualify you to
teach Lipreading in the Further Education sector.
You cannot enrol online for this course. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form.
This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: GT106
Duration: 20 sessions (over 36 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will acquire the knowledge, skill and attitudes necessary to qualify as a teacher of lipreading to adults, most of whom will have an acquired hearing loss, though some may have been born deaf, but all use speech as their
preferred method of communication.
This course will be delivered online and onsite, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
What will we cover?
The course will include:
• The theory and practice of teaching lipreading to post-lingually deaf people
• The physiological processes and the psychology of the adult with an acquired hearing loss
• The effects of acquired hearing loss upon the communication of adults and ways of alleviating those effects
• Ways in which amplification, lipreading and communication are optimised by those with hearing loss
• The phonology of spoken English and its application to lipreading learning and teaching
• Specialist techniques and methodology for teaching lipreading
• Services and assistive aids to those with acquired hearing loss.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate knowledge of –
• how adults with an acquired hearing loss lipread
• how to recognise, select and use appropriate methods and techniques throughout a course in teaching
lipreading to adults with an acquired hearing loss
• the importance of voice and devoice, and show how residual hearing can be combined with lipreading
• the factors affecting optimum conditions for lipreading in any situation
• how to encourage adults with acquired deafness to maximise these factors
• the effects of deafness on people
• how to explain the types and causes of deafness to adults with an acquired hearing loss
• how to explain relevant environmental aids to adults with an acquired hearing loss
• when other professional help is needed and how to make appropriate suggestions to adults with an acquired
• the routes to obtaining a hearing aid and the roles of professionals in ENT/Audiology
To pass this course you will need to:
• Attend 80% of the course
• Successfully deliver an assessed teaching session
• Complete and pass written assignments.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No formal academic qualifications are required; although you will need to demonstrate that you can research and write assignments. Acceptance onto the course follows a successful interview. Prior to interview, you should visit several lipreading classes to help gain some awareness of the role of a lipreading teacher with post-lingually deafened adults. Many lipreading classes are currently running online and some are face-to face. (Class information available on ATLA website https://atlalipreading.org.uk/)
You will also need basic computer skills including word processing, using email, researching topics and accessing resources on the internet. There will be some live online sessions during this course taught on Zoom, so experience of participating in an online meeting e.g. on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet would be helpful but is not essential. You will be shown how to use the features on online platforms during the course.
To access the live online parts of the course 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. There will be an optional induction session before the first block if you need support with Zoom and accessing Google Classroom (our Virtual Learning Environment).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We use lectures, distance learning, demonstrations, group work, pair work, individual work, handouts, tests, teaching practice, tutorial, visits and observation.
All of our face-to-face and online teaching is accessible for students with any degree of hearing loss
You will also write assignments in your own time and compile a coursework portfolio containing session plans, teaching material, tutor assessments and self-evaluations.
There will be some home study in between each lecture block. You will be advised of details at interview.
The course uses Google Classroom, a Virtual Learning Environment.
Resources, discussion and news forums will all be available on this site. Your assignments will be submitted and feedback will be given via Google Classroom.
You will be expected to do teaching practice within the lecture blocks at the City Lit and online and will receive feedback from current lipreading teachers. You will also be required to observe a range of lipreading teachers, both face-to-face and online.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• You will be given a reading list.
• Paper, pens, A4 files, dividers, memory stick and other stationery items, printer ink
• Travel costs relating to course attendance and observations
• Cost of staying in London during lecture blocks (to be arranged by the student)
• Membership of Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA). Student membership is currently free.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
When I've finished, what can I do next?
• Further courses in teaching adults
• Attend ATLA national and regional training days.
Lorraine’s career working with deaf people spans more than 30 years. Following her training at City Lit, she became a hearing therapist and lipreading teacher within an NHS audiology department. She subsequently worked with deaf children in schools, supporting them with their language development. Lorraine joined City Lit in 2008 to manage the Acquired Hearing Loss programme and has since developed many initiatives, such as Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss courses for armed Forces personnel and veterans, as well as training for Social Services staff to support deaf people. Lorraine enjoys teaching all the varied topics about deafness. She is a passionate champion of the benefits of lipreading classes and has spoken on the issues on BBC Radio 4 and at the House of Commons. In her role as Head of Programme, she is currently involved in the City Lit’s centenary campaign #HearMyLips to train more lipreading teachers across the U.K. Lorraine has a B.A. (Hons) in French and Russian.
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.