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Best Practices in Bilingual Literacy Assessments and Interventions

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This 105 slide presentation discusses how bilingual speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can effectively assess and intervene with simultaneously bilingual and multicultural children (with stronger academic English language skills) diagnosed with linguistically-based literacy impairments. Topics include components of effective literacy assessments for simultaneously bilingual children (with stronger English abilities), best instructional literacy practices, translanguaging support strategies, critical questions relevant to the provision of effective interventions, as well as use of accommodations, modifications and compensatory strategies for improvement of bilingual students’ performance in social and academic settings.

*Please note that there’s some overlap between this material and several related products on the topic of vocabulary, literacy, translanguaging, as well creating fucntional goals and objectives for therapeutic purposes. Please review all product descriptions carefully prior to making a purchase of the desired material.

Learning Objectives:

  1. After the completion of this presentation the participants will be able to:
  2. Describe available literacy assessment batteries
  3. Discuss translanguaging strategies used for bilingual students with language impairments in the therapy room
  4. Select self-questions for implementation of  learner-relevant intervention strategies
  5. List components of effective literacy instruction for bilingual learners
  6. Determine accommodations as well as environment modifications for bilingual students with language and literacy disorders

Slide Content:

  • Tests of Reading, Spelling and Writing
  • Comprehensive Literacy Test
  • Phonological Awareness Testing
    • Formal
    • Informal
  • Tests of Reading Fluency
  • Reading Fluency Rates Sources
  • Reading Comprehension Testing
    • Informal Testing
  • Spelling Assessment
    • Formal
    • Prescriptive
  • Formal Tests of Writing  
    • Informal Writing Assessment
  • Intervention Approaches for Bilingual Children
  • Why the Language of Intervention is Important
  • Translanguaging Support Strategies
  • Translanguaging in Bilingual Sessions
  • Translanguaging for Push-In Services/Projects
  • Self-Questions to Enhance SLP Goals
  • Learning about the world
  • Creating Multilingual Therapy Environment
  • Culturally Relevant Intervention
  • Preschool/Elementary Bilingual Thematic Readings
  • Final Words on Translanguaging
  • Self-Questions to Implement Learner-Relevant Intervention
  • Hierarchy of Language Development
  • Why Should SLPs Address Literacy?
  • Components of Effective Literacy Intervention
  • Supplemental Reading Intervention
  • Phonological/Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonological Awareness Tasks
    • Phonological Awareness Session Activities
    • Phonological Awareness Session: Rhyming
    • Phonological Awareness Session:Blending Sounds
  • Phonics Instruction
    • Phonics Instruction Basics
    • Mathes et al, 2007: Instructional Design Recommendations
    • Suggested Sequence of Teaching Letter/Sound Correspondence
  • Orthographic Knowledge
    • Comparisons Between English & Spanish Orthographies
    • Spelling Patterns of Bilingual Children
    • Teaching Spelling
  • Morphological Knowledge
    • Morphological Awareness Studies
    • Morphological Intervention
    • Morphological Intervention with Older Children
  • Mental Graphemic Representations
    • MGR-Based Intervention
  • Vocabulary Knowledge and Instructional Practices
    • Developing a Vocabulary-Enriched Classroom Environment with Teacher Collaboration
    • Vocabulary Selection Tips
    • Examples of Spring Related Vocabulary
    • Effective Methods of Vocabulary Instruction
    • Creating Effective Intervention Materials
    • Components of Effective Vocabulary Interventions
    • Explicit Vocabulary Instruction
    • Instructional Routine for Vocabulary
  • Basic Reading Fluency
    • Decoding for Reading Fluency
    • Reading Fluency Rates
    • Strategies for Improving Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Informal Reading Comprehension Treatment
    • Teaching Specific Reading Comprehension Skills
    • Tips for Teaching Reading Comprehension
  • Maintaining Factors
    • Cognitive
    • Sensorimotor
    • Psychosocial
    • Linguistic
  • Complexity vs. Difficulty
    • Linguistic Contexts
    • Nonlinguistic Contexts
  • Prompts vs. Cues
    • Types of Cues
    • Types of Prompts
    • Levels of Cues
  • Writing Measurable Goals
  • Instructional Accommodations
  • Effective Goal Related Modifications
    • Physical Space
    • Session Structure
    • Child Behavior
    • Session Materials
  • Conclusion
  • Helpful Smart Speech Therapy Resources


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