We are desperately short of trained lipreading tutors in some areas. This is a wonderfully rewarding career for anyone with empathy for people with hearing loss and a clear speaking voice. Many lipreading tutors have hearing loss themselves.
There are now Lipreading Teacher Training Courses (LTTCs) in London, Manchester, Scotland and Wales, plus a potential new one starting in Jersey later in 2017.
Most of the training is done in your area with block weeks or weekends attending college.
An interview is necessary before a place on a course can be offered. Please use the contact details below for more information on the course of your choice. Not all courses run every year.
City Lit, London
Fiona Pickett, Co-ordinator LTTC
The next course is expected to start in Autumn 2017, more information and website link to follow
On successful completion students will have achieved lipreading teaching skills at Level 4 as approved by ATLA. 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.
[TBA], The Administrator
Download information about the 2017 Manchester course. Website update to follow
On successful completion students will have achieved the lipreading teaching skills at Level 4 as approved by ATLA. 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.
Catriona Crosby, Course Administrator
A new course is being planned, to start in September 2017. Updates to follow.
See also http://www.scotlipreading.org.
Currently no further courses in Wales are planned.
Highlands College is hoping to deliver lipreading teacher training on-Islangd, commencing later in 2017. The course, delivered by tutors from City Lit in London, will provide students with all the necessary skills to teach lipreading to people with an acquired hearing loss, either in a classroom setting or in the workplace.
It will be part-funded by the Jersey dDeaf Society so the cost per student will be approximately £750.00.
On successful completion students will have achieved the City & Guilds Level 3 AET teaching qualification and lipreading teaching skills at Level 4 as approved by ATLA.
Watch this space for details of how to apply later in the year.
Teaching Qualifications (England only)
In England only, teachers employed by Adult Education colleges are expected to have a recognised teaching qualification. This includes Lipreading teachers. The courses above offer the minimum required qualification, the AET (Award in Education and Training, Level 3 or 4), formerly PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector). Some employers may expect or encourage you to study for a higher qualification:
- CET, Certificate in Education and Training – Level 4 (previously CTLLS, Level 3 or 4);
- DET, Diploma in Education and Training – Level 5 (previously DTLLS, level 5);
- Postgraduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education.
Further guidance available here.
Vacancies for lipreading tutors are listed on our members’ site. If you would like to advertise a vacancy please contact ATLA. Advertising with ATLA is free, although donations are always welcome. In particular, we are currently trying to rebuild our very depleted Bursary Fund for people training to be lipreading tutors.