Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss

Ref: C3529574

Learn to recognise and practice lipshapes, and to spot other visual clues to support your residual hearing which will improve your confidence and ability to communicate and take part in social activities . This is not British Sign Language, but it is a fun and friendly way to practice lipreading theory, other communication skills and coping strategies with others experiencing the same difficulties. Sessions are relaxed, learning at your own pace in a safe environment. Requires no special equipment, just a willingness to learn and have a go.

Course aim

To provide a safe space to explore and practice the concept of lipreading as an aid to communication, and managing hearing loss, to improve confidence and enhance quality of life for people loosing their hearing

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Sadly not suitable for profoundly deaf people

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Be more confident in social situations
  • Have a better understanding of how we hear and what we can do to help that process
  • Recognise some groups of lipshapes from the lipreaders alphabet.
  • Understand why some words look the same and what to do about it

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You may wish to bring a notebook and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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