Lipreading to support Foreign and Second Language Learning by Hearing Impaired and Normally Hearing Persons
In March 2011, Pragma submitted an application for LLP KA2 funding, for a new EU multilateral development project. The focus of the new project is on teaching and learning lipreading. The acronym: LipRead - because the application form allowed for a max. of 8 letters.
In August, we were informed that the application had received a very good score (86 out of a max. of 100), and will receive funding. The starting date of the 2 year project is January 2012.
Below, the summary copied from the application, on the right the link to the website, and the names of the partners in the consortium.
Over 10% of the general population in the EU has some degree of hearing loss. Hearing impaired persons depend on lipreading (also called speechreading) to help them understand a speaker. The patterns of lips and tongue help disambiguate sounds and words; facial movements and expressions support the perception and interpretation of prosodic information. The more severe the hearing loss, the more a person will depend on lipreading to understand spoken language. Research has shown that lipreading is also used – often unconsciously – by people with perfect hearing when they try to understand a speaker under difficult circumstances: a noisy environment, and/or a language that is not the first language of either the speaker or the listener.
Partners in the project: