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Validation of an Oral Language Assessment Tool (OLA) for Latino English Language Learners at Risk of Language Impairment

In collaboration with Head Start centers in California, San Diego State University will seek to validate an oral language assessment tool for Latino Spanish-speaking children. Specifically, this study will focus on whether children with a disability such as language impairment (LI) have disproportionably more difficulties with verbs of increasing number of arguments than age- and language- matched peers in both Spanish and English. Participants for the study will include 120 Latino English Language Learners with and without a LI who are currently enrolled in Head Start. Children's production of verb arguments will be measured using a picture verb naming task, a picture description task, and a sentence repetition task. Results of the study are expected to provide Head Start teachers with an assessment tool to screen Latino children with special language needs.
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