[nobe-l] writing French in Braille

Carolyn Brock mmebrock at SpiritOne.com
Wed Sep 9 14:46:33 UTC 2009

Hello, Dacia,
    I taught high school French for many years 
and studied Braille in France.  Good for you for 
wanting your student to learn to read and write French properly in Braille!
    If all you want to do is teach your student 
the proper use of the accented letters using 
Grade 1 (called intégral    in French), I can 
easily send you that information.  Contact me off-list.
    But the French version of Grade 2 (called 
abrégé) is wonderful, much more contracted than 
it is in English, and it would teach your student 
a great deal about French spelling patterns, 
prefixes and suffixes, common phrases, 
etc.      For this, you would need to get some 
materials, which may or may not be available on 
line.  Contact the Association Valentin Haüy in 
Paris, the largest organization for the blind in 
France.  (If you use JAWS as your screenreader, 
this site should come up in French pronumciation:   http://www.avh.asso.fr/

    You might also try the Canadian National 
Institute for the Blind.  Their primary facility 
is in Toronto, but they may have a francophone 
branch in Montréal.  If you need to   order 
printed or brailled materials, it may be faster and cheaper to order from them:

    Feel free to e-mail me directly, and we can 
exchange phone numbers if necessary.
    Best of luck!

At 04:16 AM 9/9/2009, you wrote:
>Hi everyone,
>I will be working with a student who is taking French.  Are thre any
>resources for learning how to write French in braille?  More
>specifically what the different accent other diacritical marks are?
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