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November 1944

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.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;40(5):431. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680020531015

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Many years ago, the late Dr. Karl Brauckmann of Jena, Germany, developed a method of teaching the deaf to read by emphasizing syllabication in feet and in phrases. This is important in teaching spelling and an understanding of reading for pleasure even to "normal" children. Dr. Brauckmann's work was taken up by Miss Bessie L. Whitaker and Miss Anna M. Bunger at the Michigan State Normal College. Those of us who think we are "good speech readers" should inspect the twenty-six qualifications set down on page 18 of this book. Enunciation so perfect that one can read lips without hearing sound is a rare gift; in fact, it is scarcely a gift at all but must be cultivated. In these days even deaf-mutes are being taught to read and speak, thanks to the tireless efforts of a few devoted teachers whose patience and skill are extraordinary. This is not for

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