Lately, I have been reading more and more about the types of assessment used with early bilinguals who have just started preschool. Although there are many neat tests out there that take into consideration important issues such as language dominance, divergent outcomes and nature of input received, there are many more that ignore them and increase the number of bilingual children misdiagnosed with specific language impairment (SLI).
Since I have been working with young children growing up bilingual -who then populate our second language classrooms as adults-, I think learning about new assessment measures and helping in their implementation is crucial to ensure these children's academic success.
Here are a series of materials and articles I would like to share with all of you regarding this topic:
- BELA : Great initiative by Harvard Professors to expand the use of this free Bilingual Early Language Assessment. They provide the materials needed to implement it and training for preschool and middle school teachers.
- HABLA lab: The Human Abilities in Bilingual Language Acquisition (HABLA for short) is the amazing webpage of Professors Elizabeth Peña and Lisa Bedore's lab at the University of Texas. They are doing some really interesting work on test development (I have already used their Bilingual English-Spanish Assessment (BESA) for one of my projects, and found it very useful), and also implementing Dynamic Assessment when testing early bilingual's language ability.
- Barbara Zurer-Pearson's personal webpage includes PDFs of some of her presentations on bilingual development and language assessment.
- Rosselli, Matute & Ardila's paper on Assessing Developmental Learning and communication disorders in Hispanic children from a neuropsychological perspective.
This is a blog where I will collect all types of resources for linguists and language teachers.