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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 0
Hours: 24 lecture per quarter (24 total per quarter)
Advisory: Students are advised to set aside a short period of time each day to allow practice either in a mirror or with another individual.
Degree & Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Student will be able to identify two homophenes of M.
  • Student will be able to explain one technique for improving the listening/communication in a normal listening environment.


Designed for adults with acquired, congenital or progressive hearing impairment and those who have difficulty processing receptively speech in adverse listening situations. Includes the most visible basic consonant sounds of the English language and how production of these basic speech sounds appears on the lips and face of various speakers. Descriptions of mechanics of the ear, sound and hearing testing will be presented. Large area assistive listening devices will be described (e.g., T-coil, FM, infrared, personal captioning devices). Practical experience in lip-reading both in and out of class.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. describe visible homophone groups of easy to recognize consonants
B. demonstrate some ability to follow conversations and discussions using auditory and visual cues
C. demonstrate ability to focus on one person's speech, ignoring background noise, while being able to describe potential obstacles to this process
D. communicate receptively using relatively visible consonants as verbal/non-verbal cues, along with cues from context, semantics and grammar
E. utilize coping skills for dealing with hearing loss

Course Content

This class includes lecture/discussions/practice of all or part of these areas except where indicated:
A. Hearing Loss
1. Coping skills and adapting the environment to optimize communication, large venue listening devices
2. Social problems related to hearing loss (lecture/discussion)
3. Reasonable expectations for hearing aids (lecture/discussion)
4. Descriptions of medical and audiological procedures relating to hearing loss, mechanics of ear and hearing (lecture/discussion)
B. Lip-Reading
1. Words in context, utilizing contextual cues and categories
2. Words in isolation and homophenes
3. Easily visible consonants and the cues related to their production
4. Verbal and non-verbal cues
5. Features of auditory cues

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Accessible, quiet classroom with assistive listening and/or captioning devices, projector and laptop as needed, adequate lighting, whiteboard or blackboard.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Instructor observation of ability to reflect course material
B. Participation in all classroom activities
C. Student self-assessment of ability communicate in adverse listening situations

Method(s) of Instruction

During periods of instruction the student will be participating in discussions, learning and practicing lip reading techniques, creating and/or presenting lip reading materials for others to lip read, listening to lectures on topics related to hearing loss and lip reading.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Dugan, Marcia B. Hearing Loss. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2003.
Jeffers, J., and M. Barley. Speechreading (Lipreading). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Press, 1980.
Mayo Clinic, Audiological Testing Services:
Johns Hopkins, Understanding Your Audiogram:,UnderstandingYourAudiogram
Interactive website to help students understand the anatomy of the ear:
Selected articles, websites and other reference materials as assigned by instructor.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Students are expected to write samples of sentence-length or longer in standard conversational English to illustrate various aspects of lip-reading and lip-reading challenges. They are expected to read various articles and books, and view videos pertaining to subject matter covered in class. Outside of class they are expected to practice speechreading (lip-reading) using materials distributed in class, dedicated practice times with friends and family, as well as using video and online materials.


Deaf and Hearing Impaired: Disabled Students Programs and Services