Language Samples from Bilingual Learners: Considerations for Valid Assessment

Speech-language pathologists’ caseloads are increasing, especially with ELLs/bilingual children. Standardized tests do not always provide accurate information during assessment. Similarly, best practice recommendations may not offer practical alternatives to current procedures. Language sample analysis provides valuable insights into a child’s actual natural language use. However, language sampling is a time-intensive process. Recently, a methodology abbreviating this analysis was studied and normed on monolingual children (Pavelko and Owens, 2017). Preliminary evidence with young Spanish-English bilingual children indicates that this method may be successfully used with them as well. Implications will be discussed.