Description: These assessment materials are just one of the assessments from our FLAC series. [Functional Language Across Countries].
Three speech and language therapists working in community clinics in Belfast developed and trialled these resources over two years. These SLTs have extensive experience in assessment, differential diagnosis and the provision of intervention for children.
English assessment materials
FLAC English has been prepared by speech-language therapists who speak English as a first language. Its purpose is for use as an informal tool to explore the early language knowledge of children who speak English as a first language and also the English-language knowledge of children who are in the process of acquiring English as an additional language.
It is anticipated that it will be of value to:
- speech-language therapists whose first language is English
- speech-language therapy practitioners whose first language is other than English
- speech-language therapists who use the support of an interpreter to assess a client for whose language there is not a version of FLAC available. In this instance FLAC English is a good, written, reference point from which interpreters will base their presentation of the stimulus items in the child’s first language
The authors and their colleagues currently use FLAC English with both bilingual children and monolingual children who are developing communicative competency in the English language.
The expressive language sections of FLAC English, include, as in other versions of FLAC, phonemic transcription of expected responses. The transcription given is that of Standard English. As with other languages, regional variations in the realisation of words will be evident and the practitioner should discuss the basis of differences with parents before concluding that any variation is an indication of impairment . The majority of variation will be noticed on the vowel.
Florence discusses the unique features of FLAC in this short video.
Format: PDF file, 133 pages including Purpose & Development 16 pages, Manual 32 pages, PDF Picture Book 43 pages and online picture book, Forms 31 pages.