What is the course about?
Maintain your awareness, perception and interpretation of lip patterns, along with other visual and contextual clues to spoken English. Share information and experiences relevant to everybody with an acquired hearing loss.
What will we cover?
- theory and practice of lipreading - revision of core theory as appropriate to class members' needs and introduction of more complex theoretical points
- awareness and development of your own communication skills particularly in relation to other hearing impaired people
- further development of other relevant skills: memory, concentration, observation, awareness of rhythm, situation, context, facial expression and body language
- information on new assistive equipment, services and hearing loss as requested by class members.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify and switch between sounds/words/phrases that look similar when lipreading
- develop your own communication skills particularly in relation to other hearing impaired people
- update and share information on assistive equipment, services and hearing loss as relevant to members of the group
- maintain concentration while lipreading longer pieces.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will have an acquired hearing loss and will be proficient in spoken English to communicate with others. You will be able to read simple English sentences.
You will have attended lipreading classes at improvers or advanced level.
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, discussion, presentations.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no materials or extra costs. You may find it helpful to bring a pen and notebook and an A4 folder for any handouts.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You will be given information about other courses that may be relevant e.g. Mindfulness skills for hearing loss, Manage your tinnitus.
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