Teaching in a lecture format is fairly straight-forward as minimal changes to your delivery will be necessary. However, it will assist your deaf student significantly if you can make available prior to the lecture both to the student and any support staff – that is, interpreters and notetakers [see more] – your lecture notes and/or any presentation materials (PowerPoint presentations, video clips to be viewed, etc.).
In addition, for a deaf student who is lipreading and/or using technology to access your spoken words, please be mindful that you:
- need to face the students whenever you speak (that is, you cannot make notations on a whiteboard whilst speaking – complete all writing before turning back to the students to elucidate; however, it is not necessary to constantly maintain eye contact with your deaf student)
- may need to wear a special transmitter (similar to a microphone) that interacts with the technology used by the deaf student
- may need to re-phrase something you have said, if the student asks for clarification
- need to use videos/DVDs with open captions – these often can be sourced from your library
- need to avoid using the auto-caption option on YouTube clips as the speech recognition software that is used is unreliable and often the captions are nonsensical
The final two points above also apply to deaf students using an interpreter.