ERIC Number: ED388088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Assessing Language Development in Bilingual Preschool Children. NCBE Program Information Guide Series No. 22.
McLaughlin, Barry; And Others
This guide offers advice on the assessment of the language development abilities of bilingual preschool children. A brief review of general bilingual child language development, including mixing and loss or semilingualism, is followed by a review of current assessment practices. A language assessment procedure developed for the State of California for use with bilingual preschool children is detailed. It includes making the plan, collecting information, developing a portfolio and a narrative summary, meeting with the family and staff, and developing an appropriate curriculum. This assessment process must be repeated continually as the child develops. Using such a program will require drastic reform and, with it, a restructuring of time uses, professional staff development, accountability, and the parent-school relationship. (Contains 23 references.) (NAV)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Child Language, Evaluation Methods, Language Acquisition, Language Proficiency, Language Skill Attrition, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Second Language Learning, Student Evaluation
NCBE, 1118 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037 ($3.50; checks payable to NCBE/George Washington University).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California