Assessment of English Language Learners: A Bilingual Approach


Course Type: Video – 1 1/2 hours

ASHA Course Code: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education, Training, Service Delivery, Public Policy – 7030

More easily identifying whether a child’s errors are due to typical development, second-language influence, or true impairment. This course provides video examples of these possible outcomes as they relate to articulation and language development.

Current demographic data is reviewed as well as future population trends. A framework is provided for evaluation that can be applied to many different languages. Facts and myths about bilingualism are also covered. This presentation concludes with case studies to demonstrate how to effectively apply all of the information.

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Additional Information


School Age


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI), Evaluations


1.5 hours


.15 Continuing Education Units



Financial Disclosure: Scott Prath, M.A., CCC-SLP is a salaried employee of Bilinguistics. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses. Non-Financial Disclosure: Scott Prath does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Financial Disclosure: Ellen Kester, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Dr. Ellen Kester is the owner of Bilinguistics and receives a salary. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Ellen Kester does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

This course was designed for monolingual and bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists who work with children learning English as their second language. A framework was provided to help speech-language pathologists increase their clinical judgment in determining whether bilingual students are impaired.

Participants will be able to:

List reasons for testing both languages
Discuss formal and informal measures for testing ELLs
Identify which tests to use when a student is not represented in the normative samples.
Choose the language(s) of evaluation
Time-ordered Agenda:

05 minutes Introduction
15 minutes Background information on bilingual populations, surveys of monolingual SLPs, clinical judgment
10 minutes A framework for understanding how two languages interact
15 minutes The sound systems of English, Spanish and other languages
15 minutes The language structures of English, Spanish and other languages
10 minutes A dual language approach
05 minutes Identifying red flags
10 minutes Selecting language(s) of intervention
05 minutes Conclusion

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