Audio-Assisted Reading and BrailleBy Evans, Carol Anne, PhD; DOTS (Development of Teacher Support) for Braille Literacy,
Publication Date: July 2007
Article focuses on Audio-Assisted Reading, which is a method of using recorded books while presenting the same book in a different medium. The author focuses on methods for using recordings along with braille, which can help to improve reading accuracy. Students who read word-by-word, or who are accurate but slow can improve their speed, while students who have a large amount of reading to do can use both methods in order to make the most of their time. The recorded book provides a model of fluent reading, while it discourages backtracking and increases comprehension. The following four examples are provided as the main advantages: (1) when braille reading is slow and labored, it consumes all of the energy required for comprehension; (2) the use of dual sensory modalities can reduce the attention difficulties that interfere with comprehension; (3) recorded textbooks provide cues as to when to view charts, maps, or other graphics; and (4) some students will improve independent reading speed, fluency, and comprehension, while others can enjoy improved access to the school curriculum.
Published by: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) (Website:http://www.afb.org)
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