Reviewed by Grace
Receptive Language Assessment by The Speech And Language Store LLP is a tool specifically designed for Speech and Language Pathologists/Therapists, educators and any professionals qualified in child development to assess language comprehension skills from preschool level upwards. It tests a variety of word and sentence types at 4 different levels of complexity.
You begin every session by customising the app in the Settings on the Home screen:-
1) spoken or written instructions or both
2) US or UK voice
3) US or UK vocabulary
4) turn on/off Splingo’s fun animations as rewards for every 4 consecutive correct answers.
To access the Settings while the assessment is in progress is more cumbersome as you will need to exit the assessment (after you’ve saved it) to return to the Home screen to change the settings. So it is recommended that you get that done at the beginning. After that, you can create a new profile or select an existing one. If you wish, you can personalize each profile with the child’s photo.
From there, you can start a new assessment or resume a previously saved incomplete test. With new assessments, you can choose to start from any of these 4 different levels:-
• 1 main word – object nouns, personal nouns, location nouns, verbs, prepositions, size adjectives, color adjectives and attribute adjectives
• 2 main words – 7 different sentence types e.g. object-person, adjective-object
• 3 main words – 7 different sentence types, e.g. adjective-object-location, person-action-location
• 4 main words – 7 different sentence types, e.g. object-preposition-adjective-location, person-action-preposition-location.
The app automatically progress to the next level when the student completes a level and still willing to continue. There are a total of 119 instructions – 56 in Level 1, 21 in Levels 2, 3 and 4.
It is easy for students to respond to the assessment questions. They just need to tap the right answers or drag and drop items to the correct positions. You can use the Demo to give the students a short practice before starting. If you prefer to read the instructions yourself, you can generate a blank report form from the Information page and manually record the student’s wrong response or even leave your own notes in it. This report can then be emailed for printing later. The pictorial representation for the objects are clear and for the prepositional concepts, arrows are shown on the screen to prompt the student where they can place the objects. There is a repeat button if you need to hear the instruction again. This app also allows you to pause the assessment at any time to save and resume later, or when you decide to conclude the assessment.
The student’s responses are saved automatically upon completion of an assessment and can be emailed to parents or yourself for printing/records-keeping. You can view and retrieve the past reports to see the language development over time. Each report shows all the individual target sentences attempted against the actual responses made by the student, it indicates which were correctly or wrongly answered and even displays the students’ wrong responses so that common mistakes can be identified and addressed.
1) A full stop at the end of each sentence.
2) Ability to control the settings easily during assessment.
3) Less space devoted to the student’s details in the report format so as to better utilize the space.
4) A lite version for trying out the app.
This app has been designed purely for assessment purposes, there is no learning mode where the students get immediate feedback on his answers nor is there any opportunity for the student to try again until he gets the right answers. Furthermore, you will need some expertise in child language development in order to interpret the assessment results. Parents looking for an app for developing their children’s receptive language should check out the developer’s other app, Splingo’s Language Universe instead.
Getting a comprehensive assessment is the first step to starting a language intervention program and the tool used should ideally be easy to use and motivating for the students in order to capture their true abilities (and needs). Children love to use the iPad and doing the assessment on it takes away a lot of their test anxieties. With an easy to use interface and detailed data collection, Receptive Language Assessment is an assessment tool worth checking out.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Cost: $ 24.99 ( 24.9 MB)
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