BESA: Bilingual English-Spanish Assessment kit


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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.

  • BESA components may be used separately, or together, in either or both languages.
  • The subtests are different for each language using a "dual-focus" approach. Items were developed for each language based on the markers, structure, and culture of that language - not translated.
  • Separate scores are obtained for English and Spanish and are reported as scaled scores, standard scores, percentile ranks, and age equivalents.
  • Test norms are based on data from over 800 bilingual children living in 3 US geographic regions and include 16 dialects.
  • Results are reported as scaled scores, standard scores, and percentile ranks.

How long does it take to administer the BESA?

  • The morphosyntax and semantics subtests take 15-20 minutes each (per languages).
  • Phonology takes 5-10 minutes (each language).
  • Pragmatics takes about 5 minutes.

Code-switching may be used on pragmatics and semantics tasks.

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What's Included

  • Administration & Scoring Manual (185 pages)
  • Stimulus Plates booklet (2-sided) 
  • 20 English Protocols
  • 20 Spanish Protocols
  • 20 Bilingual Input-Output Survey (BIOS) forms
  • 20 Instrument to Assess Language Knowledge (ITALK) Survey forms

Target Audience

SLPs working with Spanish-English bilingual students ages 4 years through 6 years 11 months old.


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