Lipreading Teacher Training Course

Lipreading Teacher Training Course

Our Teaching Speechreading to Adults Training Course here in Manchester will give you the skills needed to become a lipreading teacher. Our course curriculum has been largely developed by people who have a hearing loss themselves. The majority of our tutors and guest speakers have a hearing loss and bring with them their experiences both as a deaf person and as someone who works with deaf people.

We are proud that the psychology of deafness underpins our whole philosophy of teaching lipreading.


What are the aims of this course?

The aim of this course is to provide, through a blended learning experience, a broad and thorough grounding in the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes required to teach and help deaf adults who need or wish to use speech to make the most of communication.

The course also aims to enable the teacher to communicate effectively with people with a hearing impairment, make effective referrals to other people and organisations, and provide the information and support needed by many people with a hearing impairment.

The course qualifies students to set up and teach lipreading classes. These may be held in, for example, colleges and centres of adult and further education, hospitals, day centres, homes for people who are elderly, and clubs for people who are hard of hearing.


What will I study?

Students attend for 8 block weeks in Manchester. Time in between block weeks is spent both observing and carrying out teaching practice in lipreading classes in your area (where possible). Attendance at lipreading classes is arranged by Manchester Centre for Deaf Studies.

Students will also use the time between block weeks to complete their coursework.

The course comprises the following areas:

Teaching speechreading and other communication skills

This includes: assessing the needs of deaf people, planning and adapting teaching materials, understanding the factors involved in understanding spoken conversation, lesson planning, schemes of work and methods of recording progress in the lipreading class.

Communication for teachers in speechreading classes

This includes: the strategies, skills, understanding, attitudes and commitment required for effective communication with people with a hearing impairment who use speech.

Practical and psychological implications of deafness

This includes: the practical and psychological effects of hearing impairment and also their relationship with the teaching of lipreading.

Audiology, support and information

This includes: the ear, types and causes of deafness, hearing aids, rehabilitation and therapies, environmental aids, statutory and voluntary organisations and providing other useful information.

Professional development for speechreading teachers

This includes: self-evaluation, action-planning, writing a CV and the practicalities of setting up lipreading classes.

Award in Education and Training

If you do not already have an adult education qualification you will also be able to undertake the Award in Education and Training (AET) qualification which is required by some education providers.

How will I be taught?

The course is taught by means of interactive lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical work including microteaching, supervised teaching and communication practice and observations in lipreading classes. Depending on where you live it is usually possible to undertake supervised teaching practice and observations in your own area.

The course is taught by tutors from the Manchester Centre for Deaf Studies as well as outside specialists and professionals. Most of our own tutors and visiting speakers are hearing impaired.

How will I be assessed?

Students’ progress will be assessed using a variety of methods.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants are normally expected to have 5 GCSE/GCEs or equivalent (including English) and 2 A-levels or equivalent.

Sometimes a mature student may be accepted onto the course without the minimum entrance requirements, but they will be expected to show that they are capable of fulfilling the academic and practical demands of the course.

Admission to the course will be by interview. Candidates will be expected to be able to express themselves competently in written and spoken English.

Candidates must have the ability to speak clearly and be lipreadable. Candidates must also have a genuinely warm and caring approach and wish to help people with a hearing impairment communicate more effectively. It is important that course members enjoy helping those who are hearing impaired and conversing with them so that they are fully understood because so many hearing impaired people have suffered by being excluded from conversation.

Candidates are expected to have basic computing skills or be prepared to work towards gaining these skills (e.g. basic word-processing, using email, using the internet for research, etc).

Consideration is given within the selection process to the applicant’s relevant work or voluntary experience, for example, with people who are hearing impaired, or in a caring role.

Can people with hearing impairment apply?

Applications are welcomed from people with a hearing impairment regardless of the severity of their impairment. A loop system is normally used throughout the course and all speakers are requested to use clear speech. Extensive handouts are provided and a note-taker is used where appropriate.


Course fees

As result of a generous award to the course some students will be eligible for reduced fees and also interest free loans and payment by instalments.


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