# Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition

This course is the fourth in the braille literacy series. All four courses are in Unified English braille, the code used in English-speaking countries worldwide. This course introduces you to contracted braille. In contracted braille, some words and letter combinations are represented by signs that take up less space. The course covers contractions, wordsigns, groupsigns, shortforms, and additional symbols and characters.

**Prerequisite:** Successful completion of "Braille Literacy 3, UEB Edition" or as determined by completion of Hadley's Braille Placement Assessment.

**Course: EBR-933, Media: DTB with UEB workbook, Lessons: 29**

## Syllabus

### Getting Started

The Getting Started instructions from the instructor (DTB Book 2) include important information on:

- Instructor introduction and background
- Unique course materials and prerequisites, if any
- Assignment submission information and deadline
- Contact information for questions and concerns

### General Procedure

To proceed through the course, the student:

- Listens to the Getting Started instructions from the instructor in Book 2 on the DTB.
- Proceeds to Book 5 on the DTB to listen to the Overview at the beginning of the course.
- Listens to the Unit 1 summary and begins Lesson 1 in the course by listening to the lesson introduction and objectives.
- Listens to the first reading section of the lesson.
- Completes the braille workbook exercise and checks the answers. Braille workbook exercises answers are
**NOT**submitted to the instructor. They are for the student's practice and benefit only. - Continues to the next sections and workbook exercises.
- After the final exercise, listens to the lesson summary.
- Proceeds to the assignment and completes the assignment independently, free from the assistance of others.
- Submits the assignment to the instructor, following the instructions in the assignment and the Getting Started instructions.
- Begins the next lesson; student does not submit a new assignment, however, until feedback from previous assignment has been received.
- Reviews assignment feedback from the instructor, as well as any supplementary material the instructor may provide.

Each program (ACE, High School) has an expected assignment submission time frame. Refer to the Getting Started instructions for that important information.

Students may contact the instructor at any time in this procedure if they have questions about the material. Instructor contact information is in Book 3 on the DTB.

### Audience

Adult Continuing Education and High School Programs

### Course Description

This course is the fourth in the braille literacy series. All four courses are in Unified English braille, the code used in English-speaking countries worldwide. This course introduces you to contracted braille. In contracted braille, some words and letter combinations are represented by signs that take up less space. The course covers contractions, wordsigns, groupsigns, shortforms, and additional symbols and characters.

### Organization

Audio prose course divided into 4 units: 29 lessons, 29 assignments, 4 braille workbooks (one for each unit)

### Credit

1 Carnegie Unit

### Prerequisite Skills and Materials

Successful completion of "Braille Literacy 3, UEB Edition" or as determined by completion of Hadley's Braille Placement Assessment

### Grading

Assignments are worth 100 points each. Each assignment includes reading and writing exercises. Each part of the assignment will be graded separately; then the two percentages will be averaged as your final grade for that lesson. Students must pass each part with an 80 percent in order to move on to the next lesson. If a student scored lower than an 80 percent on one part, the student will be asked to resubmit that part until a passing score is reached. Points will be deducted for any reading error (misread words or symbols, omitted or added words or symbols), writing errors in braille symbols, braille erasures that are unreadable, and omission or addition of characters, spaces, and punctuation. Assignments are open book and do not need to be completed in one sitting. Students are expected to do their own work, independent of any outside help. Students will need 2 hours to complete an assignment.

*Course Grade*

2,900–2,610 points | A |
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2,609–2,320 points | B |

2,319–2,030 points | C |

2,029–1,740 points | D |

1,739–0 points | F |

### Student Code of Conduct and Plagiarism Policy

Students are expected to follow Hadley's Student Code of Conduct. Also, by submitting an assignment, students acknowledge that they have completed the work themselves and without plagiarism. Refer to the Student Handbook for the Student Code of Conduct and Hadley's full plagiarism policy. Plagiarism may result in the requirement to redo the assignment, a failing grade on the assignment, or even expulsion from the Hadley Institute.

### Content and Objectives

After completing Lesson 1: Eleven Alphabetic Wordsigns, the student will be able to

- use eleven alphabetic wordsigns

This lesson includes Assignment 1.

After completing Lesson 2: Twelve More Alphabetic Wordsigns, the student will be able

- use all alphabetic wordsigns

This lesson includes Assignment 2.

After completing Lesson 3: Capitalization and Electronic Addresses, the student will be able to

- use capitalization indicators and the capital terminator
- read and write electronic addresses, including the use of the "at" sign

This lesson includes Assignment 3.

After completing Lesson 4: Ten Shortforms, the student will be able to

- use ten shortforms

This lesson includes Assignment 4.

After completing Lesson 5: Strong Contractions, the student will be able to

- use the strong contractions and, for, of, the, and with.

This lesson includes Assignment 5.

After completing Lesson 6: Eight More Shortforms, the student will be able to

- read and write eight more shortforms

This lesson includes Assignment 6.

After completing Lesson 7: Strong Wordsigns and Strong Groupsigns, the student will be able to read and write the

- six strong wordsigns
- six strong groupsigns

This lesson includes Assignment 7.

After completing Lesson 8: Nine More Shortforms, the student will be able to

- read and write nine shortforms

This lesson includes Assignment 8.

After completing Lesson 9: Dot 5 Initial-Letter Contractions, the student will be able to

- use ten dot 5 initial-letter contractions

This lesson includes Assignment 9.

After completing Lesson 10: Twelve Dot 5 Initial-Letter Contractions, the student will be able to

- use the dot 5 initial-letter contractions

This lesson includes Assignment 10.

After completing Lesson 11: More Strong Groupsigns, the student will be able to

- use six more groupsigns and then you will have learned all twelve strong groupsigns in UEB

This lesson includes Assignment 11.

After completing Lesson 12: Grade 1 Mode, the student will be able to

- use or explain the use of the grade 1 indicators
- correctly read and braille symbols-sequences that have letters and numbers

This lesson includes Assignment 12.

After completing Lesson 13: Nine More Shortforms, the student will be able to

- use nine additional shortforms

This lesson includes Assignment 13.

After completing Lesson 14: Dots 45 Initial-Letter Contractions, the student will be able to

- use the dots 45 initial-letter contractions

This lesson includes Assignment 14.

After completing Lesson 15: Lower Groupsigns and Lower Wordsigns, the student will be able to

- use two lower signs

This lesson includes Assignment 15.

After completing Lesson 16: Eight More Shortforms, the student will be able to

- use eight more shortforms

This lesson includes Assignment 16.

After completing Lesson 17: Dots 456 Initial-Letter Contractions, the student will be able to

- use the dots 456 contractions

This lesson includes Assignment 17.

After completing Lesson 18: Four More Lower Wordsigns, the student will be able to

- know the lower cell wordsigns including when they may or may not be used

This lesson includes Assignment 18.

After completing Lesson 19: Seven More Shortforms, the student will be able to

- use seven additional shortforms

This lesson includes Assignment 19.

After completing Lesson 20: Additional Signs, the student will be able to

- use signs for feet and inches, the pound sign and the degree sign
- use signs for percent, cent, plus, and minus

This lesson includes Assignment 20.

After completing Lesson 21: Eight More Shortforms, the student will be able to

- use eight additional shortforms

This lesson includes Assignment 21.

After completing Lesson 22: Dots 56 Final-Letter Groupsigns, the student will be able to

- use the dots 56 final-letter groupsigns

This lesson includes Assignment 22.

After completing Lesson 23: Three Lower Groupsigns, the student will be able to

- use the groupsigns b-e, c-o-n, and d-i-s

This lesson includes Assignment 23.

After completing Lesson 24: Eight b-e Shortforms, the student will be able to

- use the eight shortforms that begin with b-e

This lesson includes Assignment 24.

After completing Lesson 25: Quotation Marks, Square Brackets, and Accent Signs, the student will be able to

- read single quotation marks and square brackets
- read accent marks

This lesson includes Assignment 25.

After completing Lesson 26: Dots 46 Final-Letter Groupsigns, the student will be able to

- use the dots 46 contractions

This lesson includes Assignment 14.

After completing Lesson 27: More Lower Groupsigns, the student will be able to

- use the signs for part words
*e-a, b-b, c-c, f-f,*and*g-g*

This lesson includes Assignment 27.

After completing Lesson 28: Typeform Indicators, the student will be able to

- use italics, underlining, and boldface typeform indicators.

This lesson includes Assignment 28.

After completing Lesson 29: Eight Shortforms, the student will be able to

- use eight additional shortforms contractions

This lesson includes Assignment 29.