Language for Learning in Chilean Adolescent Students

In this collaborative research study Dr. Meneses' team from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Dr. Uccelli’s team from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) will work together to generate a test of academic language proficiency for monolingual Spanish-speaking students, Evaluación de Lenguage Académico . Dr. Uccelli and Dr. Meneses, who was a postdoctoral fellow at HGSE, worked together in the design of the Academic Language Assessment, an innovative, theoretically-grounded and psychometrically robust instrument to track the development of school-relevant language skills in English-speaking students from 4th to 8th grade (Uccelli, Barr, Dobbs, Galloway, Meneses, & Sánchez, in press). In the current project Uccelli and Meneses will extend their prior collaboration to design and pilot test a functionally equivalent and culturally appropriate Spanish version of the Academic Language Assessment (ALA) and to explore the contribution of academic language skills to reading comprehension in monolingual Spanish-speaking Chilean students.

Funding Source 

Project funded by Harvard-Chile Innovation Grants, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies 2014-2015 to Co-Principal Investigators: Alejandra Meneses, of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Paola Uccelli, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Press Release

Language for Learning: Designing and Pilot Testing a Promising Instrument to Capture Spanish-Speaking Adolescents' AL Skills

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