LESSON PLANS FOR TEACHERS
Learn how to communicate better
There are 45,000 deaf children in the UK and the majority go to mainstream schools, where very often they are the only deaf person their age. Compared to their hearing classmates deaf young people are more likely to suffer from isolation, bullying and poor self-esteem.
The campaign Look, Smile, Chat aimed at helping secondary school students to understand what it's like to be a young person who can't hear well, and how to make communicating easy for everyone.
To help schools to take part, we have created free, easy to use resources for secondary school teachers:
- Lesson plans for KS3 and KS4 students– with activities including lipreading, different ways of communicating and perspectives on what it’s like to be deaf – all linked to the curriculum
- A series of short films to bring the issue to life
- Campaign posters to put up in your school
Your school can get involved in the awareness campaign and help us to break down the communication barriers that can make it really tough to be a deaf teenager.
Even if you don’t have any deaf students, or only have one, it is hoped that the lesson plans will help create awareness of effective ways to communicate. This will benefit students looking to improve communication in everyday life.
If you are a Teacher of the Deaf you may want to consider working with your colleagues to deliver the lesson plans to both deaf and hearing students. The deaf student/s may want to help lead some of the activities with mainstream classes.
Professionals and those interested in doing activities with deaf and hearing young people may wish to adapt and use these resources.
NDCS encourages teachers and professionals to make contact and share how the plans have been used within settings.
Download the lesson plans today to find finger-spelling and lip-reading activities, fun quizzes and many more!
Lesson Plans have been created in partnership with the Ewing Foundation.
CORRECTION: On page 25 of Lesson Plan 2 - the line should read "Whatever is above the line is what the person cannot hear."
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