Language Screening Analysis

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The article focuses on the population of English language learners who also speak Spanish. The concept being researched in the study is language screening that is used for children that have not yet entered the kindergarten. With the increase in bilingual population, there is a need for an accurate screener that is appropriate for Spanish-English speakers and could detect possible language impairments (LI). Through the use of the Bilingual English Spanish Oral Screener (BESOS), researchers hope to properly screen school age children who are Spanish-English speakers prior to their entrance into the first grade.
Furthermore, the study focuses on an assessment known as a screening. A screening is a simple tests that has a pass or fail component.
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al (2015) research looks at the concept of accuracy as a factor in an appropriate screening tool. Accuracy is defined as the ability for a test to be precise in measuring. There are two types of accuracy that are mentioned in the article, they are, concurrent accuracy and predictive accuracy. Concurrent accuracy relies on a longer period of time, during which the child is screened. Predictive accuracy relies on predictions of the risk over a period of time. Predictive accuracy was emphasized as more important due to the help it provides in determining whether a child is likely to continue being at risk for a language impairment later in the their development (Lugo-Neris, Peña, Bedore, & Gillam, 2015). In addition to the concept of accuracy, another important factor that is lacking in the screening for children is a numerical value that could be utilized to identify children with possible language impairment. Thus, using an inappropriate identification numerical value can affect whether a child is under diagnosed or is wrongly diagnosed (Lugo-Neris, Peña, Bedore, & Gillam, 2015). Another important factor that is lacking in screenings for children is the numerical values that are used to identify children with a possible language disorder. There is difficulty in setting a concrete universal number because that numerical value may vary in between languages and domains. Mixed dominance is described in the article as a term used to describe that children who …show more content…
BESOS proved to be an appropriate screening tool for bilingual children due the consideration of additional domains in comparison to the PLSSST-5. The BESOS tool additionally screened each language separately, which provides more detail as to what domain and in what language is the child having problems in. Consequently, the usage of a screening tool such as BESOS aids in detecting possible LI in children in the first grade (Lugo-Neris, Peña, Bedore, & Gillam,

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