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January 27, 1945

Speech Reading—Jena Method: A Textbook with Lesson Plans in Full Development for Hard-of-Hearing Adults and Discussion of Adaptations for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

JAMA. 1945;127(4):251. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860040061023

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The title of this textbook may be puzzling to the uninitiated. It is a synonym for what is more commonly termed "lip reading." The book is a revised edition of mimeographed material published in 1932 by Miss Bunger and Miss Bessie L. Whitaker, both of Michigan State Normal College at Ypsilanti, Mich. The general format and presentation of material follow the theories developed at Jena, Germany, by the late Dr. Karl Brauckmann. These theories have been developed and tested over a period of some twelve years by Miss Bunger and her associates. Miss Bunger points out that "listening has been too long... considered a purely auditory affair" and that the progressive teacher of speech reading should emphasize the aspects of "sharp observation" and hearer-responsiveness to the spoken word. For this reason, she feels that her book presents material valuable to all students of oral communication.

Lesson plans are mapped out

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