The Bilingual English-Spanish Assessment (BESA) was developed in response to the need for valid, reliable instruments for assessment of speech and language ability, along a continuum, in English-Spanish bilingual children (ages 4:0 through 6:11). The BESA consists of two questionnaires, one activity, and three subtests in two languages. The questionnaires provide SLPs information about the child's language environment as well as aspects of parent and teacher concern. The Pragmatics activity provides an opportunity for the examiner to interact with the child and observe language use. The three subtests address the language domains of morphosyntax, semantics, and phonology in Spanish and English. Each component may be used independently or combined as part of an assessment battery; all subtests are norm-referenced. The BESA should be administered by experienced SLPs to ensure that valid results are obtained and interpreted accurately.
How long does it take to administer the BESA?
Code-switching may be used on pragmatics and semantics tasks.
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