Lipreading Teacher Training Course

Our Teaching Lipreading 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 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.

How is the course organised?

Students attend 8 blocks of 3 – 5 days and normally 2 – 3 Thursdays for observation and teaching practice in Manchester. (People travelling a distance will normally be able to attend the Thursdays following the blocks.).

Course work and some of the observation and teaching practice is carried out in the time between the blocks. Attendance at designated lipreading classes is arranged by Manchester Centre for Deaf Studies and where possible is carried out in your own area.

What are the aims of this course?

The aims of this course are to provide, through a blended learning experience, a broad and thorough grounding in the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes required to teach lipreading and managing hearing loss skills to adults who are deaf or hard of hearing and use spoken language.  

Learners who successfully complete the course will be able to communicate effectively with people with a hearing impairment.  They will also be able to provide the information and support needed by many people with a hearing impairment.

This intensive course enables the successful learner to become a fully qualified lipreading teacher who can set up and teach lipreading and managing hearing loss classes (or teach one-to-one) in a range of settings, for example, colleges and centres of adult and further education, hospitals, social work departments, resource centres, day centres, homes for people who are elderly, and clubs for people who are hard of hearing.

(Most lipreading teachers work part-time, though there are a small number of full-time lipreading teachers.  Some audiology technicians and social workers have also trained as lipreading teachers and teach lipreading either as part of their work or for other employers.)

What will I study?

What will I study?

The course comprises the following areas:

Teaching lipreading and other communication skills

This includes:  the factors involved in understanding spoken conversation including speech movements; how to encourage people to make the most of these factors; conversation strategies; assessing the needs of deaf people; selecting,  writing,  adapting and using  the most appropriate and effective  teaching materials and methods; 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, ways of alleviating those effects; 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; environmental aids (such as television and telephone aids); obtaining   hearing aids and other helpful equipment; making the most of amplification; statutory and voluntary organisations; recognising when it is appropriate to signpost people to other professionals and organisations; and effective methods of providing useful information to adults who are deaf.

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 uses a variety of learning and teaching methods including interactive lectures; individual, pair and group work; seminars and tutorials; workshops and microteaching; and distance learning; The practical work  includes supervised observation, teaching and communication practice in lipreading classes.

The course is taught by tutors from the Manchester Centre for Deaf Studies as well as outside specialists and professionals.

How will I be assessed?

Students’ progress will be assessed using a variety of methods including successfully completing a portfolio of written work such as written assignments, tests and reports; and practical work such as teaching and communication  practice.

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates should have a genuinely warm and caring approach; empathy; a wish to enable people with a hearing impairment to communicate more effectively; and also be able to create a supportive, relaxed and inclusive environment for their classes.

 It is important that the lipreading teacher enjoys working with people who are hearing impaired and conversing with them so that hearing impaired people are able to fully understand because so many of them have suffered by being excluded from conversation.

Candidates must have the ability to speak clearly and be lipreadable with and without voice. 

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

Sometimes mature students may be accepted onto the course without the minimum entrance requirements, but they must normally be over 23 and will be expected to show that they are capable of fulfilling the academic and practical demands of the course.

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 se clear speech. Extensive handouts are provided and a note-taker with a large screen display is normally in attendance.

Course fees

As result of the generous grant to the course some students will be eligible for very much reduced fees and all students will be able to obtain interest free loans and payment by instalments.

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