We are desperately short of trained lipreading tutors. 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 regular Lipreading Teacher Training Courses (LTTCs) in London, Scotland and occasional ones elsewhere.
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.
ATLA can offer small discretionary bursaries (maximum £500) to students on approved training courses in order to boost the number of qualified teachers, especially in areas of the country where there are no or few classes currently. Funds are raised by ATLA members and supporters, and it is only through their generosity that these bursaries are available. For more information please contact treas[email protected] If you would like to support our bursary fund, please see how to donate.
- City Lit, London
Fiona Pickett, Co-ordinator LTTC
Email: [email protected]
The next course starts in Autumn 2019. For more information please email Fiona Pickett.
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.
We are looking for Lipreading Tutors in all areas of Scotland. If you feel that you would like to have this opportunity of becoming a Lipreader Tutor, please contact us for an application form and further information about this course, due to run in January 2019.
Tel/text: 07599 342288
Currently no further courses in Wales are planned.
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.
Some special opportunities have arisen for trainee lipreading tutors.
- Leslie Edward Trust is seeking trainee tutors in Leicestershire. See the advertisement and the criteria.