Development of a tablet application for the screening of receptive vocabulary skills in multilingual children: A pilot study

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/581814
Title:
Development of a tablet application for the screening of receptive vocabulary skills in multilingual children: A pilot study
Authors:
Schaefer, Blanca; Bowyer-Crane, Claudine; Herrmann, Frank ( 0000-0002-8867-7221 ) ; Fricke, Silke
Abstract:
For professionals working with multilingual children, detecting language deficits in a child’s home language can present a challenge. This is largely due to the scarcity of standardized assessments in many children’s home languages and missing normative data on multilingual language acquisition. A common approach is to translate existing English language vocabulary measures into other languages. However, this approach does not take into account the cultural and linguistic differences between languages. This pilot study explored whether English and home-language receptive vocabulary skills can be objectively and reliably screened using a tablet application. Preliminary data on monolingual and multilingual vocabulary skills was collected from 139 children aged 6–7 years. A tablet application was designed to assess children’s receptive vocabulary in both English and an additional eight languages using a four-choice picture paradigm. Linguistically controlled and pre-recorded target items are presented orally via the tablet in each language and responses are made via the touch screen and are automatically scored. The English version of the test was administered to 67 monolingual and 72 multilingual children, while 38 multilingual children also completed the test in their home language. Test criteria measures, including reliability and concurrent validity showed satisfactory results. These findings suggest that the tablet application could be a useful tool for professionals to screen receptive vocabulary skills in monolingual and multilingual children. Limitations of the first version of the receptive vocabulary screener and future steps are discussed.
Affiliation:
University of Sheffield, University of York, University of Chester
Citation:
Schaefer, B., Bowyer-Crane, C., Herrmann, F., & Fricke, S. (2016). Development of a tablet application for the screening of receptive vocabulary skills in multilingual children: A pilot study. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 32(2), 179-191. doi:10.1177/0265659015591634
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
Child Language Teaching & Therapy
Publication Date:
25-Jun-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/581814
DOI:
10.1177/0265659015591634
Additional Links:
http://clt.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/06/24/0265659015591634
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Original "Online First" article available on publisher's website.
Sponsors:
The project was funded by a Research and Innovation grant from the University of Sheffield.
Appears in Collections:
English

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSchaefer, Blancaen
dc.contributor.authorBowyer-Crane, Claudineen
dc.contributor.authorHerrmann, Franken
dc.contributor.authorFricke, Silkeen
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-05T14:26:55Zen
dc.date.available2015-11-05T14:26:55Zen
dc.date.issued2015-06-25en
dc.identifier.citationSchaefer, B., Bowyer-Crane, C., Herrmann, F., & Fricke, S. (2016). Development of a tablet application for the screening of receptive vocabulary skills in multilingual children: A pilot study. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 32(2), 179-191. doi:10.1177/0265659015591634en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0265659015591634en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/581814en
dc.descriptionOriginal "Online First" article available on publisher's website.en
dc.description.abstractFor professionals working with multilingual children, detecting language deficits in a child’s home language can present a challenge. This is largely due to the scarcity of standardized assessments in many children’s home languages and missing normative data on multilingual language acquisition. A common approach is to translate existing English language vocabulary measures into other languages. However, this approach does not take into account the cultural and linguistic differences between languages. This pilot study explored whether English and home-language receptive vocabulary skills can be objectively and reliably screened using a tablet application. Preliminary data on monolingual and multilingual vocabulary skills was collected from 139 children aged 6–7 years. A tablet application was designed to assess children’s receptive vocabulary in both English and an additional eight languages using a four-choice picture paradigm. Linguistically controlled and pre-recorded target items are presented orally via the tablet in each language and responses are made via the touch screen and are automatically scored. The English version of the test was administered to 67 monolingual and 72 multilingual children, while 38 multilingual children also completed the test in their home language. Test criteria measures, including reliability and concurrent validity showed satisfactory results. These findings suggest that the tablet application could be a useful tool for professionals to screen receptive vocabulary skills in monolingual and multilingual children. Limitations of the first version of the receptive vocabulary screener and future steps are discussed.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe project was funded by a Research and Innovation grant from the University of Sheffield.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.relation.urlhttp://clt.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/06/24/0265659015591634en
dc.subjectassessmenten
dc.subjectchildrenen
dc.subjectmultilingualismen
dc.subjectscreeningen
dc.subjecttablet applicationen
dc.subjectvocabulary acquisitionen
dc.titleDevelopment of a tablet application for the screening of receptive vocabulary skills in multilingual children: A pilot studyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Sheffield, University of York, University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalChild Language Teaching & Therapyen
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