Excerpt from A Series of Lessons in Articulation and Lip-Reading: Containing Full Instructions for Teaching the Various Sounds of Spoken Language, With Copious Exercises
In addition, if we can induce in our pupil the ability to recognise in the facial motions made in the utterance of sounds, their word equivalents, and with such certainty that he requires only occasionally the repetition of a word, or the writing or spelling of a new and unknown proper name, we may congratulate ourselves that he is placed, in the way of receiving ordinary communications, as nearly on a level with his more highly endowed fellow-creatures as his circumstances admit of. And, provided the conditions are favourable, this point can be reached with the average pupil.
In providing for the instruction of his pupils, and in presenting the matter of it, as is here attempted, the author has held that the minute distinctions which are often drawn between the various shades of sound, together with the nice discrimination with which it is sometimes attempted to shew the action of the vocal organs in making the various articulations, do not fall within the scope of practical teaching. He holds that, however interesting and important these may be from a theoretical point of view, and for the teachers own needs, they contemplate a point of progress unattainable by the great majority of congenitally deaf pupils. The simplest classification, the easiest explanation, are for our present purpose the best, alike for the teacher and the pupil. To import into the instruction of the deaf the teaching which is appropriate in the case of those who, having all their senses, are to be trained for the Church, the Bar, or the Stage, is to encumber the ground needlessly, and cannot conduce to general success.
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