Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss

Ref: C3530068

Develop lipreading skills in a non-threatening and friendly atmosphere. Learn how to recognise and practice lipshapes, and spot other visual clues to support your residual hearing. Take a step-by-step approach, to improve your confidence, ability to communicate and take part in social activities, and generally participate more in everyday life. It is a fun and friendly way to practice lipreading theory, other communication skills, and coping strategies with others experiencing similar difficulties. Sessions are relaxed, learning at your own pace and it requires no special equipment, just a willingness to learn and have a go.

Course aim

To provide a safe space to explore the concept of lipreading as an aid to communication, and managing hearing loss. To improve confidence, acquire knowledge and skills to enhance the quality of life for people with hearing loss in the hearing world.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is designed for anyone with an acquired hearing loss, whether hearing aids are worn or not, and who may be finding it difficult to follow conversations.

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.
  • Develop your lipreading, listening, fingerspelling and other communication skills.
  • Recognise some groups of lipshapes.
  • 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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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. It could be useful to have a folder to keep any handouts in.

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

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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