Report  |   January 1996
Adolescent Pragmatic Skills
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Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Speech, Voice & Prosody
Report   |   January 1996
Adolescent Pragmatic Skills
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools January 1996, Vol.27, 68-81. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2701.68
History: Accepted 02 Mar 1995 , Received 05 Jul 1994
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools January 1996, Vol.27, 68-81. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2701.68
History: Accepted 02 Mar 1995 , Received 05 Jul 1994

The purpose of this study was to compare the pragmatic performance of students from two adolescent groups—students receiving. English as a second language (ESL) instruction versus bilingual students receiving speech-language (BSL) therapy. A pragmatics screening scale (i.e., the Adolescent Pragmatics Screening Scale, Brice, 1992a) was used to measure pragmatic performance. The findings of this study indicated that the BSL students different from the ESL students in expressing thereselves, establishing greetings, initiating and maintaining conversations, listening to a speaker, and cueing the listener regarding topic changes. Both groups of students had difficulties regulating others through language. Thus, even language-infact students may have some difficulty acquiring the Euro-American pragmatic feature of language. Academic failure and possible school dropout may result for the BSL students as a result of their difficulties. Implications of this study for the speech-language pathologist and other school professionals are given.

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