Assessing Children's Proficiency in Natural Signed Languages

Jenny L. Singleton, Samuel J Supalla

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Abstract

This chapter reviews published or known assessments of children's language proficiency across a number of the world's signed languages, including American Sign Language, British Sign Language, Australian Sign Language, Sign Language of the Netherlands, and German Sign Language. Critical issues in sign language assessment are also discussed, with special attention to possible threats to test reliability and validity. For example, test examiners may doubt the authenticity of the elicited language sample from a deaf, signing child, or test developers may question whether an adaptation of a spoken-language test is appropriate for use with deaf, signing children. The authors conclude that there remains a critical need in many countries for commercially available, and easy to administer, signed language proficiency assessments for use in research and education settings with deaf and hearing individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education: Second Edition
PublisherOxford University Press
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9780199940271, 9780199750986
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

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Sign Language
Language
Language Tests
Child Language
Reproducibility of Results
Netherlands
Hearing
Education
Research

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Deaf
  • Hard-of-hearing
  • Hearing loss
  • Language proficiency tests
  • Sign language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Singleton, J. L., & Supalla, S. J. (2012). Assessing Children's Proficiency in Natural Signed Languages. In The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education: Second Edition (Vol. 1). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199750986.013.0022

Assessing Children's Proficiency in Natural Signed Languages. / Singleton, Jenny L.; Supalla, Samuel J.

The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education: Second Edition. Vol. 1 Oxford University Press, 2012.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Singleton, JL & Supalla, SJ 2012, Assessing Children's Proficiency in Natural Signed Languages. in The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education: Second Edition. vol. 1, Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199750986.013.0022
Singleton JL, Supalla SJ. Assessing Children's Proficiency in Natural Signed Languages. In The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education: Second Edition. Vol. 1. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199750986.013.0022
Singleton, Jenny L. ; Supalla, Samuel J. / Assessing Children's Proficiency in Natural Signed Languages. The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education: Second Edition. Vol. 1 Oxford University Press, 2012.
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