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SPCL 7914X Psychological Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Students (Bejarano): Session 5 - Unit 2, continued: Assessment of Literacy in Emergent Bilinguals

Open Educational Resource (OER) for Prof. Bejarano's SPCL 7914


In this session we explore strategies for assessing literacy skills (i.e., reading and writing) emergent bilingual students' languages. We will begin with a quiz on the assigned reading taken on Blackboard and then discuss the material and assessment procedures.


Assigned Readings & Class Materials

Session Slides

Reflecting on the Readings

1. Describe the theories that explain the receptive-expressive gap in bilingual children with and without primary language development.

2. What did Gibson and colleagues find in their study of bilingual children?

3. Describe Klingner's approach to distinguishing language acquisition from learning disabilities.

4. Describe some of the misconceptions about English language learners.

False Cognates Can Confuse English Language Learners

False cognates are words that appear similar across languages but have different meanings.

For a list of false cognates in Spanish, go to:

For a list of false cognates in French go to: