Lipreading and managing hearing loss: beginners

Course Dates: 23/09/19 - 22/06/20
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Learn about lip movements and tactics to help you manage difficult listening situations and find out about relevant equipment and services. Suitable if you have little or no experience of lipreading.


What is the course about?

Learn how to recognise sounds that are visible on the lips and face and explore how to use other skills and tactics to support lipreading. 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 we cover?

- learn which sounds can be seen, which look alike and why
- develop an awareness of other skills used to help lipread: memory, concentration, observation, awareness of rhythm, situation, context, facial expression and body language
- there will be information on useful equipment, services and any new developments relevant to hearing loss
- you will be given 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 the more helpful speech movements and identify those that are easy to confuse
- identify strategies that support face to face communication
- identify 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 on the board to confirm spoken words. No previous experience of lipreading is necessary.

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. Students will work in large groups, smaller groups and pairs. Information may be shared by means of handouts, demonstrations, discussions or invited speakers.

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

Please bring a pen, notepad and A4 folder.

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.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

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Review by andrew / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
Worth while taking a lip reading course if you wish to continue to be part of conversations as hearing loss worsens but be prepared for proficiency to take a long time.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
A really helpful and enjoyable course. The teacher is terrific, and we were kept busy with a variety of practical activities, whilst steadily learning the theory of lipreading.
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Review by CheerfulChris / (Posted on 24/06/2016)
the course was informative,challenging with a good amount of topical exercises and it was fun. our tutor was great
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Review by henriette / (Posted on 06/07/2015)
It was friendly, supportive and instructive - and much more fun than I thought it was going to be
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Review by CS / (Posted on 30/06/2015)
Lisa is a brilliant teacher and I really enjoyed her classes.
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Review by Carol / (Posted on 23/06/2015)
An excellent teacher. Topics used for lip reading were fascinating and there was never a dull lesson
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Review by A / (Posted on 21/06/2015)
This course was excellent. Learning to lipread is hard work but also very rewarding. The tutor was motivational and supportive. She was inventive in providing material for the class that was both instructive and entertaining.

I enjoyed this course very much and feel more confident now to join in conversation whilst in a noisy environment. I am now looking forward to attending the Improvers' class in September.

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Review by Andee / (Posted on 21/06/2015)
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Course Code: GL103

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Mon, eve, 23 Sep - 22 Jun '20

Duration: 30 sessions (over 40 weeks)

Full fee: £359.00
Senior fee: £359.00
Concession: £158.00

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