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Considerations for Assessing Bilingual Children or English Language Learners

So you have identified a child you are going to assesses as either bilingual or does not speak English at home.  Now what do you do? If you're like me, you don't speak Korean, Urdu, Russian or the other dozens of languages the children you work with speak. Also, I don't speak French or Spanish well enough to critically analyze their language skills (I wish I did). Well if you do speak Spanish or French, you're in luck. Some of the language assessments have been translated and normed. But that is not the whole story. Here are some important factors to consider.

We Want to Speak Two Languages in the Home. What Do We Do?

This is another in a series on language delays and bilingualism/English Language Learners.  Last week, I talked about my thoughts on recommendations for speaking only English in the home when another language is spoken or introducing English into a non-English speaking home.  Often parents choice to have a bilingual home. This week I'm going to talk about the different ways to speak two languages in the home (another popular question at the beginning of the school year for me).  There are two general ways this happens: