[nfb-talk] [NFB-talk] Recommendations, please, on braille teaching materials.

Ringlein, Ellen ERinglein at nfb.org
Mon May 8 12:50:25 UTC 2017


Have you looked at the McDuffy Reader? It teaches Braille in one volume and has been updated for UEB. It is available from the NFB Independence Market for $20.00 plus shipping and handling.

Here is the description from our catalog.

The McDuffy Reader: A Braille Primer for Adults-Student Manual (Unified English Braille Edition, 2014) (by Sharon L. Monthei) 
This one-volume Braille instructional manual presents first the Braille alphabet and punctuation signs, and then introduces the contractions in logical groups. All contracted materials appear in correctly contracted Braille. A chart of contractions and a description of the rules of usage for each set of contractions are found in the back of the book. Also included is a list of Braille contractions and symbols which are no longer used by the Unified English Braille code, but which students will encounter in existing Braille materials. 


Ellen Ringlein
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From: nfb-talk [mailto:nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Judy Jones via nfb-talk
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Subject: [nfb-talk] Recommendations, please, on braille teaching materials.

Hello Everyone,


I am putting out feelers on several lists, in order to update my knowledge.


I am going to be tutoring in braille since I have retired.  It has been several years since I have done this when I owned my own business before our move, and I would like to know about training materials that are comprehensive, yet bring the student through training quickly.


I used to use Braille For Beginners, but that was several years ago, and I'm wondering if there is anything more up-to-date.


I am a firm believer that braille can be learned in a relatively short time, and does not have to be dragged out over months and months.


I also am a firm believer in memorization through use.  I encouraged my students to use "cheat charts" as much as necessary, as long as they were consistently reading.  It seems to really take the pressure off people when they realize they do not have to memorize before using.  The exception to this, I think, would be the first 10 letters of the alphabet.  The next 10 are exactly like the first 10, except with dot 3.  The last 5 minus the W are exactly the same, except with dot 6 added beside dot 3.


Anyway, this is my philosophy and, instead of reinventing the wheel, I would like to know of materials that mostly reflects my teaching philosophy.


Thank you all for your collective wisdom.


Judy Jones



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