Language Sample: The purpose of a language sample is to assess a student’s length of utterance, grammar, syntax (word order), vocabulary and function.
Length of Sample: utterances
Mean Length of utterance (MLU):
In accordance with research, an MLU of morphemes equates to a language age of months. A predicted MLU for this child’s age would be approximately .
Total Number of Morphemes:
Total Number of Words:
Total Number of Questions:
____Of____, or____% of utterances were complete and grammatically correct.
____Of____, or____% of utterances contained one or more grammatical errors.
This measure is based on a recording of a child’s spontaneous utterances for the purpose of analyzing range in length of utterance, mean length of utterance (MLU), word order (syntax), and semantics (word usage).
Range in length of utterance = morphemes
Key structures: ( E = emerging), ( P = present), (A = Absent)
_____ basic plural marker (-s, as in toys)
_____ basic verb marker
_____ question marker
_____ WH- questions
_____ is / are verb marker
_____ simple negative
_____ basic pronouns (e.g., I, me, you)
_____ pronouns (he, she, they)
Vocabulary Inventory: This includes words of the child’s vocabulary spontaneously offered by the child and words reported by the parent. It includes specific noun-labels, action words and basic descriptors.
Estimated size of vocabulary =
Parent Communication Interview: This provides a description of a child’s method of communication, ability to respond to language, use of basic speech patterns and functional interaction skills.
Examples of utterances made during assessment (excluding articulation errors) include: