This teacher’s manual provides a curriculum for teaching the entire Cued Speech system. It may be used with or without “Discovering Cued Speech: Instructional Video” (available for purchase separately). The teacher’s manual matches and expands on the Instructional DVD / Workbook set.
In using this teacher’s manual, it is recommended that you plan your class instruction and activities in combination with the “Discovering Cued Speech Workbook”. Some activities included in the workbook are not in this manual.
The order of teaching and practice in the “Discovering Cued Speech” curriculum follows a method of teaching the Cued Speech system that facilitates learning to “cue read”. Students are first asked to memorize the consonant sounds associated with each handshape and the vowel sounds associated with each placement. Then, lessons which guide the student in learning and practice with each handshape and vowel placement are grouped in accordance with how the associated phonemes look on the mouth when spoken. For example, the consonant handshapes for the /p/, /b/, and /m/ phonemes (which all look alike on the mouth) and the vowel placement for the “flat-mouth” vowel phonemes /uh/, /e/, /i/, and /ee/ are all covered in lesson 1. Subsequent lessons follow the same pattern, teaching the handshapes and placements in groups, according to how the mouth looks when the associated phonemes are spoken.