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Oral language is our ability to communicate and express ourselves. Good oral language skills are the foundation of school life, enabling children to participate fully in lessons and classroom activities. They're also critical for children’s social and emotional development – how can they play with their friends if they can’t join in the conversation?
Language difficulties can have knock-on effects throughout a person’s life. Children with poor language skills are, as adults, more likely to receive fewer qualifications, have lower incomes and reduced employment opportunities and are more likely to suffer from mental health issues.
The good news is that, if identified early, delays in oral language development can be addressed by suitable language interventions.
A LanguageScreen assessment takes place using a tablet or phone and is administered by an adult. Depending on the age of the child, it consists of three or four easy-to-administer tests of fundamental language skills. The adult will guide the child through the tests, following the instructions provided in the app, and discreetly mark their response correct or incorrect using the controls at the bottom of the screen. To ensure the test is appropriate for all children, the LanguageScreen assessment adapts to the age and ability of the child.
Follow the steps below to launch a LanguageScreen assessment
Download a sample assessment report, with:
These short videos provide an overview of setting up and using the LanguageScreen app.
We were quite surprised that the screening picked up children with good vocabulary and speaking but with limited reasoning and understanding - these children might have been overlooked without screening with LanguageScreen.Sallie Wood
Henleaze Infant School, England
LanguageScreen has been Highly Commended in the University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation and Engagement Awards as a research project that has made a positive difference to society.