A Comparison of Four Informal Methods of Language Evaluation Four informal methods of language evaluation were compared: spontaneous language sampling, elicited imitation, sentence completion, and grammatical judgment. Thirty children from two age levels (4–5 and 6–7 years) with diagnosed language problems were tested with each of these evaluation procedures. Overall comparisons between tasks revealed significant correlations between spontaneous sampling, ... Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 1982
A Comparison of Four Informal Methods of Language Evaluation
 
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  • Martin Fujiki is presently an Assistant Professor, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Nevada, Reno. Mary Louise Willbrand is presently an Associate Professor, Division of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Requests for reprints should be addressed to Martin Fujiki, Speech Pathology and Audiology, School of Medical Sciences, Mackay Science Building, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557.
    Martin Fujiki is presently an Assistant Professor, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Nevada, Reno. Mary Louise Willbrand is presently an Associate Professor, Division of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Requests for reprints should be addressed to Martin Fujiki, Speech Pathology and Audiology, School of Medical Sciences, Mackay Science Building, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557.×
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Research Article   |   January 01, 1982
A Comparison of Four Informal Methods of Language Evaluation
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1982, Vol. 13, 42-52. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1301.42
History: Received October 17, 1980 , Accepted January 6, 1981
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1982, Vol. 13, 42-52. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1301.42
History: Received October 17, 1980; Accepted January 6, 1981

Four informal methods of language evaluation were compared: spontaneous language sampling, elicited imitation, sentence completion, and grammatical judgment. Thirty children from two age levels (4–5 and 6–7 years) with diagnosed language problems were tested with each of these evaluation procedures. Overall comparisons between tasks revealed significant correlations between spontaneous sampling, elicited imitation, and sentence completion. However, when these tasks were examined with regard to individual syntactic structure, a highly variable pattern of comparability was observed. None of the task comparisons involving grammatical judgment reached statistical significance. The implications of these findings for the clinical application of the four evaluation procedures are discussed.

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