Lipreading simply means using a speaker's lip patterns to help follow speech. Lipreading classes are intended to teach people with hearing loss how to use lipreading to supplement their residual hearing and to learn communication tactics to help them at work, social situations and everyday life.
The Classes are currently done virtually on Zoom.
However if there is enough interest then we can offer classes face to face in Milton Keynes so let us know if you are interested!
These lipreading classes are for adults and there is no upper age limit.
The classes are aimed at anyone who wants to learn to lipread to support their communication due to hearing loss or anyone who wants to support a person with hearing loss. If you enjoy learning languages or solving puzzles you are likely to enjoy a lipreading class.
The free taster session will last 1 hour. I will teach for about 45 mins then allow 15 mins for questions. I will open the Zoom meeting about 10 mins before the start of the session to allow everyone to get settled and check all can see the captions etc.
To join the taster session you will need to join an online Zoom meeting. The class is interactive, not a lecture, so you will need to join with your camera on and be prepared to ask and answer questions and try out some simple lipreading exercises. I teach using automated captions, slide sharing and chat as well as voice to help people with hearing loss follow the class. You don't need to be a Zoom expert - I am happy to explain the basics before we start.
Nicola teaches from her lived experience as she had sudden hearing loss as an adult. She became interested in lipreading when she attended classes to help her cope at work. She later decided to train as a tutor and qualified at City Lit in 2017. She taught classes at Community Learning MK then joined City in 2019 as Teacher Coordinator.
Nicola has a background in distance learning from 14 years at the Open University. She always believed it would be possible to teach lipreading online. In 2020 lockdown provided the opportunity to develop this idea. She managed the transition from face to face to Zoom teaching for the City Lit lipreading tutor team.
Nicola teaches classes at all levels and has delivered classes at the Royal Chelsea Hospital. She also teaches on the lipreading teacher training course. She has a special interest in how acquired hearing loss impacts people at work. She has written and teaches a specialist half day workshop: Managing Hearing Loss at Work.
Nicola is a member of the Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults.
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Prices - Pay What you can Afford
We Know it has been a tough couple of years, so we have provided options for you.
Full Cost £120 (£20 each class)
Half Price £60 (£10 each Class)