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Planning Ahead Crucial in Teaching the Visually Impaired
Helen Adamson Suggests Using Post-It Tabs

Recently on the TESL-L listserv, there was a query posted regarding ideas and innovations for teaching English to visually impaired ESL students. Helen Adamson has graciously agreed to share with the readers of the ESL MiniConference Online the suggestions she offered in response to this question. (See also a related article on braile converters)

I gave my blind one-on-one student some Post-It Index tabs (they're little flags that stick to a page but can be easily removed and reused) to mark pages in her Braille copy of the textbook. (One tip about using index tabs--if you stick them to the side of the page, rather than at the top of the page as you would with a regular bookmark, it's much easier to quickly open the book to the right page.) I called or e-mailed my student a day or two before each lesson to tell her which exercises I planned to work on in class, so that she could mark them and wouldn't have to waste precious class time searching for them. I think it would be particularly helpful for blind students who have to lug their textbooks to class to know ahead of time precisely which pages they will need to refer to in class, as a back-saver as well as a time- saver. The Braille version of a regular-sized textbook consists of several huge volumes.

Reported by Helen Adamson

2002 ESL MiniConference Online