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Introducing the Test of Early Language and Literacy (TELL)

The developers of the TELL (Dr. Phillips and Dr. Hayward) will provide information about a new language and literacy assessment for young children ages 3 to 8. We will provide an overview of the TELL, discuss its flexible testing options, and utility in assessment, and advocate monitoring of language and literacy skills important for school success. 

TELL is a comprehensive assessment of language and literacy designed to determine whether children are at risk of school failure and to identify areas of strength and weakness. TELL is evidence-based and builds upon the latest research on language, literacy, and testing. TELL is individually administered and contains the following eight main areas of early language and literacy development: Print Understanding, Letter Knowledge and Naming, Phonological Awareness, Oral Vocabulary, Oral Narrative, Word Reading, Oral Reading and Reading Comprehension, and Written Spelling and Writing.

Reliable, valid, and comprehensive, TELL is the only test that (1) assesses both spoken and written language in 3 to 8 year old children, (2) shows how these skills relate to each other, (3) provides flexible testing options, and (4) provides Canadian norms.

Linda M. Phillips

Linda is a Centennial Professor and Director of the Canadian Centre for Research on Literacy in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Linda has published extensively on her work in reading including a test of children’s inferential reasoning; reading in conventional and dynamic assessment contexts; the study of emergent and family literacy; and, the use of MRI studies in understanding reading development. Dr. Phillips brings years of diagnosis, prevention, remediation, intervention, and teaching to testing early language and literacy.

Denyse V. Hayward

Denyse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. Denyse completed her doctoral studies in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Alberta. She has also co-authored an oral narrative test. She worked as a speech-language pathologist in Alberta for close to two decades (Calgary Board of Education, REACH program, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, AHS). Dr. Hayward beings her clinical expertise coupled with her research interests and publications focus on functional and naturalistic assessment and intervention practises for children from at-risk populations to testing early language and literacy.

Join the FREE presentation via WEBINAR or IN-PERSON in Edmonton.

Friday, February 10, 2017

University of Alberta
Education Centre South, Room 122 (Main Floor not far from the Coutts Library)
87 Avenue and 113 Street
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided.
Presentation will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
question & Answer Time to follow the presentation.


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