LINGUIST List 27.4671

Tue Nov 15 2016

Disc: Teaching Blind Students

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 15-Nov-2016
From: John Myhill <>
Subject: Teaching Blind Students
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For the first time I have a blind student, actually two, in a class of mine, specifically an intro class. They are not just visually impaired but 100% blind. I really have no idea of how to teach or test them on the material. They don't know how to read in regular orthography (they're Arabic speakers and the class is conducted in English). They can read Braille (Arabic and I assume English and Hebrew), and they type on a Brallie keyboard which converts what they write into regular letters. This is an introductory class with phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax. How can they learn phonetic notation? How can they read the phonology problems I give them? How can they read the materials I have prepared for the class. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Please write to me about this at

John Myhill

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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