Keynote Address: Assessing Young Dual Language Learners—What You Need to Know and Why, Carol Scheffner Hammer

This presentation highlights key findings on the language and overall development of young dual language learners and the implications for assessing their language development and overall school readiness.  Head Start staff will learn the importance of taking children's developing English language abilities into account when assessing other areas of their growth and development will be emphasized.  The challenges of providing comprehensive ongoing assessment that is fair, technically adequate, and developmentally valid for dual language learners and guidelines for selecting instruments and procedures will be shared.

Keynote Address: Assessing Young Dual Language Learners — What You Need to Know and Why Carol Scheffner Hammer Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders Pennsylvania State University

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Carol S. Hammer is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches courses in language development, language disorders, and multicultural issues. She and her colleagues are developing a test of bilingual preschoolers' phonology development and are developing and testing a school readiness intervention designed for Latino mothers and their children. She is a member of two Technical Working Groups—the Migrant and Seasonal 2008 Head Start Survey Design Project and the Early Head Start FACES for the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Research, Planning and Evaluation. See Assessing Young Dual Language Learners—What You Need to Know and Why with Carol Scheffner Hammer

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Keynote Address: Assessing Young Dual Language Learners — What You Need to Know and Why [PDF, 177KB]

"Keynote Address: Assessing Young Dual Language Learners — What You Need to Know and Why, Carol Scheffner Hammer" Scheffner Hammer, Carol. Dual Language Institute. HHS/ACF/OHS. October 28 - 31, 2008. English. [PDF, 177KB].

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Last Updated: April 10, 2015