Topics in Language Disorders
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine prekindergarten predictors of listening comprehension in second grade. Methods: Within a large, 5-year longitudinal study, children progressing from prekindergarten to second grade were administered a comprehensive set of prekindergarten measures of foundational language skills (vocabulary and grammar), higher-level language skills (inferencing, comprehension monitoring, and text structure knowledge), listening comprehension, working memory, and nonverbal processing, as well as second grade measures of listening comprehension. Results: A prekindergarten measure of listening comprehension-the Test of Narrative Language-and a prekindergarten measure of foundational language skills and working memory-the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-4 Recalling Sentences- were significant predictors of second grade listening comprehension. Conclusions: Our findings show that a quick, reliable measure of sentence imitation and/or listening comprehension, administered in prekindergarten, provides insight into a child's second grade listening comprehension. Knowing who is at risk for comprehension failure will allow educators to make informed, evidence based decisions on the need for further in-depth assessment and language-intensive instruction to stave off future reading disabilities. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
Original Publication Citation
Alonzo, C. N., Yeomans-Maldonado, G., Murphy, K. A., & Bevens, B. (2016). Predicting second grade listening comprehension using prekindergarten measures. Topics in Language Disorders, 36(4), 312-333. doi:10.1097/TLD.0000000000000102
Alonzo, Crystle N.; Yeomans-Maldonado, Gloria; Murphy, Kimberly A.; Bevens, Beau; and Language and Reading Research Consortium (LARRC), "Predicting Second Grade Listening Comprehension Using Prekindergarten Measures" (2016). Communication Disorders & Special Education Faculty Publications. 19.